Nabil Nahas

What We Do


APEAL commissions artists to create public art installations to stimulate and enrich the country’s cultural fabric. This kind of public programming is part of APEAL’s vision for a vibrant and forward-thinking post-conflict society in Lebanon. Recent programs include:


A fisherman, sitting on the cloud, fishes from the sand. He has caught a collection of iconic regional skyscrapers on his hook. In the sand, waiting to be caught, lie cultural centers and museums in the process of development.

The Cloud, the Fisherman and the Mutating Cities Sculpture By Nadim Karam
This artwork opens the debate on the rapid growth of the cities of the Arabian Gulf, the nature of their mutation and the way they affect culture. Pockets within the Middle East are experiencing exponential growth and extreme transformation. Others, outside the financial radar, are experiencing social revolutions.

Whether within constantly changing scenery and infinite growth-scale or whether pushing the boundaries of inflexible systems, identities are confused. Only dreams are not.

This sculpture was donated by APEAL and the artist in the name of APEAL to the Sursock Museum. Before the re-opening of the Sursock Museum, the sculpture was on display at the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport.

Watch the video of this artwork here

The Fisher & the Cloud


Letter to a Refusing Pilot by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

In the summer of 1982, a rumor made the rounds about an Israeli fighter pilot who had been ordered to bomb a target in Lebanon. Knowing the building was a school, he veered off course and dropped his bombs into the sea instead. Letter to a Refusing Pilot is a film and video installation that reflects on refusal as a decisive and generative act. A nod to Albert Camus' Letter to a German Friend, the work considers the excavation of narratives and circulation of images in times of war while echoing Camus' plea; "I should like to be able to love my country, and still love justice”.

Letter to a Refusing Pilot