1 X 1 Art Gallery (2017)
The Poetics of Absence
Curated by Cristiana de Marchi
Featured Artists: Afra Bin Dhaher, Alia Lootah, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, John Clang, Lamia Joreige, Mohammed – Said Baalbaki, Monika Weiss, Nedim Kufi, Reza Aramesh, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Tomoko Hayashi, Wafaa Bilal and Youssef Nabil.
The end of … (2011)
Series of 11 C Prints mounted on diasec, variable dimensions
The series of prints The end of… are all «mental images» made of photomontages or single images transformed. I used images from Super 8, video and written notes assembled over years. They are reminiscences of a history, which has gaps. Here the process of memory, through the recording of traces as well as erasing and diverting, is visible on the physical texture of the images. Images from archives diverted from their origin and recreated in other geographies, images disappearing. Images-fragments, words bursting out, taking on a new meaning. Though they represent post-wars landscapes and specific places in Lebanon, the non-realistic, poetic imagery of the series The end of… with an emphasis on images vanishing, is a mean to reflect on violence, loss and disillusion. They are not mere beautiful landscapes but carry within them, in an understated way, all the tensions, conflicts and political turmoil I / we experience. Rather than engaging in any political statement they express a sense of despair and disillusion critical of all ideologies.