Entrepreneur Turns Beirut Slum Into Vast Canvas

He left behind his notorious Beirut neighborhood of Ouzai to pursue success, but having made his money in finance Ayad Nasser is back – and he’s brought artists with him. ‘Ouzville’ is a new and fast-growing paint-splashed creative space in the heart of a densely packed neighborhood with a tough reputation where huge murals overlook crumbling buildings. John Owens reports from Beirut.


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