We visit Marwan Rechmaoui in Beirut to hear how the city has inspired his work.



Marwan Rechmaoui is a Lebanese artist based in Beirut. He began his career as a painter, exploring social realism and then abstract expressionism. Beirut Caoutchouc 2004-2008 is a large floor-based map of the city of Beirut. The heavy-duty rubber, which translates in French as ‘caoutchouc’ is embossed with roads and highways, with each of the sixty segments demarcating a separate neighbourhood in the city. The map is currently on display in Level 4 Switch House Tate Modern.