The Boghossian Foundation’s exhibition How will it end? and events are accessible only on presentation of the Covid safe ticket

As part of the opening of the exhibition How will it end? , the Boghossian Foundation organises a lecture that reveals what goes on behind the scenes of the images of Beirut shown at the Villa Empain.

Produced by the Iconem team during an emergency mission at the request of the UNESCO, the film shown exposes the extent of the damages caused by the explosions of the 4th of August 2020 and what remains of the bled dry city.

The Founder of Iconem Yves Ubelmann will unveil, in conversation with Joyce Azar, what goes on behind the production of the films, from the day following the events, his experience on the field, and the values of these images that are essential tools for deciphering the disaster. He will also discuss the importance of these documents for the reconstruction of Beirut and the need to answer the question: how can we envision the future of the city?

Founded in 2013 by Yves Ubelmann, Iconem contributes to the conservation and promotion of endangered heritage, by digitalising it for further exploration and study. Across the world, his team brings together technologies that adapt to all terrains such as photogrammetry, laser scanning, and large-scale scanning via drones. The digitalisation of our heritage’s invaluable sites into 3D photorealist models is essential to their preservation and their transmission to a larger audience.

Over the past few years, Iconem has designed digital exhibitions such as Cités millénaires, at the Arab World Institute, Paris, 2018 and From Mossoul to Palmyra, A Virtual Journey through the World’s Cultural Heritage, at the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2019, and the immersive exhibition Aleppo, a 5,000 year journey programmed at the Boghossian Foundation in 2019. These immersive experiences grant the public access to exceptional heritage sites.

Joyce Azar is a Lebanese journalist working for VRT and RTBF. She is the founder of the news website