Beirut-based artist Jad El Khoury has taken his doodles to a national level by unveiling his latest project titled “War Peace”. The Artwork targets abandoned buildings that have been missile-scarred by the Lebanese civil war. Although the war ended almost 25 years ago, its repercussions still silently flow in the streets of the city. Instead of being healed, the emotional wounds were buried until further notice. However, the younger generation seems more willing to deal with underlying issues, revealing signs of religious openness and acceptance and that is what the artist aims to portray.
Jad drafted his scheduled ‘art attacks’ on a series of buildings throughout the city, rounding the big black holes with his famouscharacters. Therefore, his intervention underlines the importance of identifying the problem so it could eventually be dealt with. Ultimately, these funny little creatures are not only meant to positively impact the passer-by and to bright up grey city facades, but also to pull the Beirutis out of their abnegation of war scars. The first ‘art attack’ took place on the 16th of August, when the artist dangled himself from an eleven-storey building to accomplish his mission before the city awakes.