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Haigazian University Presents "Let the Earth Breathe"
Haigazian University Presents "Let the Earth Breathe": A Collective Exhibition on the Endangered Environment

On Friday the 4th of April, 2008, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Environment, and the financial sponsorship of MTC TOUCH, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Lebanon, opened the collective painting exhibition entitled "Let the Earth Breathe", at the Haigazian University Art Center, Matossian Gallery, amidst a big crowd of diplomats, religious leaders, artists, media representatives and art appreciators.

The exhibition groups nine prominent Lebanese artists, Ghassan Ghazal, Joseph Honein, Mona Jabbour, Charles Khoury, Jacqueline Ohanian, Raouf Rifai, Arwa Seifeddine, Missak Terzian and Anita Toutikian who joined their hands together in advocating for the care of the endangered environment. The exhibition aims at highlighting on the University''s concern vis a vis the most important ecological issues in the world in general, and our country Lebanon in particular.

The inauguration started with a welcoming word of the University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian who expressed Haigazian University's mission and leading role in caring for and protecting the environment.
"Environmental sustainability and responsibility is always a joint effort of all stakeholders? So is the success of today's event, which came into fruition with the joint efforts of the University for its vision, the Ministry of Environment for their support, MTC Touch for their financial backing, the artists for their creative works, the media for their coverage and public attention, and the audience for their art appreciation and culture", stated Haidostian.

The Director General of the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Berge Hadjian preferred to express his word by playing the song "La Terre Meurt" (The Earth Dies), of Charles Aznavour's latest release, "Colore ma Vie" (Color my Life).
The audience was emotionally touched by listening to the verses, "The earth dies and man is careless, he lives his life at his wish and his taste...If the Earth dies where do we go?...The promised land the inheritance of our children is agonizing little by little...The ugliness proclaims victory...In finance and Business, Oil is the Master word, and no one worries about the water...."

Around 30 paintings of different media and techniques decorate the walls of the Matossian Gallery, in addition to a few installations at the main entrance.
The works show that the artists are highly affected by their surrounding environment; they want to give satisfaction to their inner spirit, retaining at the same time the symbol of things.
The exhibition invites us to go deep in ourselves, searching for the mystery in the works, and overcoming the superficiality of things by interpreting each work according to our own sensibility.

P.S. The exhibition runs till Friday the 18th of April 2008, from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. except for Sundays.

P.S. More photos in the Photo Gallery

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director
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