Polypodium invites local and global luminaries to bring people together to discuss ideas and the creative process. The events take place within our informal studio space, which encourages more personal interaction with the speakers. So far the series have involved graphic designers, authors, thought-leaders, product designers, architects, filmmakers, artists, and information designers.

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November 2016
Saleh Barakat
'Beirut as a cultural incubator: 2010–2020, a decade of challenges'
Saleh Barakat will share his deep experience in art, covering the developments of the Middle Eastern art scene in the past ten years and the place of Beirut within these developments, discussing its current artistic infrastructure, advantages, challenges and its plans to face the future.

Saleh Barakat is a leading expert in modern and contemporary Arab art. He founded Agial Art Gallery and recently, the Saleh Barakat Gallery in Beirut. Active in the regional art scene, he helped build some major collections of modern and contemporary Arab art such as Mathaf, Qatar, and the Kinda Foundation, Saudi Arabia. Committed to develop a healthy market environment for creative expression in the Arab world, he has curated numerous exhibitions—including Lebanon's first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale—and serves on various advisory boards at prominent universities. In 2006, he was nominated as a Yale World Fellow.


Ayman Baalbaki Barakat Building, 2015–16, mixed media on canvas, 250x400 cm, currently at Saleh Barakat Gallery, Clemenceau, Beirut 

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