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Lebanese queer artist Munir Abdallah mounted the first nude gay photography exhibition in the Arab world.
Muir Abdallah's exhibit of gay erotic photographs of Arab men at ArtLab in Beirut City in Lebanon is over. But the impact of the notable first show of gay erotica in the Arab world still lingers -- and gives hope for more open expression in this new year.
Munir, born in 1964 in Beirut, is a Tai Chi instructor and a photographer. In the eighties, Munir abandoned his studies in cinematography to pursue and devote himself to male nude photography. He is a cinephile, a devout reader of comics and graphic novels, and art enthusiast; these three passions are a major influence in his work. Due to the nudity and homosexual content of his pictures, Munir only considered starting showing his work in 2017. This is his first solo exhibition.
For more: A video about the exhibition, an article about Munir's work, and his Instagram.