Yazan Halwani is best known for his public artworks that focus on the cultural, political and social interpretation layers of public spaces.
Yazan was born a few years after the country’s 1975-1990 sectarian Civil War. Eternally curious, he questioned the effects of the country’s sectarian political system on the urban landscape of Beirut. Themes such as the lack of public memory, political propaganda and weak cultural infrastructure, have always drawn his attention. Growing up he thought that the blandness of his city’s urban landscape and the strong controls on public spaces was a political tool to cement sectarian cultural identities.
Interested in subverting the status quo, his work focuses on creating public artworks that engage the public: large-scale murals, public space interventions and permanent installations/sculptures.
Famous for his early murals combining portraits and Arabic calligraphy, his current artwork mainly deals with questions of identity and due to economic/political conditions.
Yazan has been shown in a number of countries such as the USA, France, Germany, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Singapore. His artwork has been featured in many publications such as The Economist 1843, the New York Times, The Guardian and many others.
He has been selected by the Lebanese Central Bank and the municipality of Beirut to create a monumental sculpture that will be at the center of a national memorial for the Great Famine of Lebanon (1915-1918).