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Artist wins gold medal for Lebanon in Bejjing Olympic Games.

Byline: Mohammed Zaatari

Summary: A painting by Lebanese artist Lina Kilikian won the gold medal at an international exhibition of art in China preceding and accompanying the 2008 Olympic Games opening on Friday in Beijing. For the exhibit entitled Colors and the Olympics, in which hundreds of sculptures and paintings by about 700 artists from 81 countries.

BEIRUT: A painting by Lebanese artist Lina Kilikian won the gold medal at an international exhibition of art in China preceding and accompanying the 2008 Olympic Games opening on Friday in Beijing. For the exhibit entitled Colors and the Olympics, in which hundreds of sculptures and paintings by about 700 artists from 81 countries around the world were competing, Kilikian submitted three works, one of which won.

Kilikian will travel to the Chinese capital on Saturday to receive the gold medal and an Olympic torch as an award for her winning painting called "The Terrestrial Globe During the 21st Century."

Kilikian said she produced the painting in August 2006 - just after the war with Israel - in Mount Lebanon's Bolonia, amid hundreds of families fleeing from the bombing.

"I was holding a blank paper and some painting pens, so I drew what I was feeling at that moment. I drew the way wars can change the landmarks of the terrestrial globe and hurt human beings along with the pollution and the catastrophes of the nature," she told The Daily Star.

"This painting reflects the suffering of the earth and human beings. Yet, it leaves some white spaces for hope. That is how I was seeing the globe at that moment. I am proud of this award, and I offer it to my country, Lebanon, which has started paving the way to stability and prosperity," she added.

Kilikian is a multi-faceted artist who is interested in abstract and religious art, and in the creation of cities. With her numerous paintings and murals, she has participated in various exhibitions in Lebanon and around the world.

Kilikian also serves as president of the Lebanon chapter of the Association of Women Innovating in the Mediterranean.

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