Tokyo International Art Festival (2007)
…and the living is easy
Multimedia Installation (Video and Text, 2007)
Concept and production: Lamia Joreige & Rabih Mroué
Videos by Lamia Joreige. Texts by Rabih Mroué
On July 11, 2006 Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers on the border of South Lebanon. On July 12, Israel took this operation as a pretext and attacked Lebanon launching a war which lasted 33 days, killed 1190 civilians, displaced more than 1.000 000 Lebanese, and destroyed the whole infrastructure of the country from North to South. Israel imposed a full blockade on the population. All or almost all the regular activities in the country were interrupted, and Beirut the capital was deserted for 33 days. During those 33 days, Rabih Mroué wrote his diary on his little blue notebook and Lamia Joreige filmed her diary with her little black handy-cam, both recounting each in their way, their daily life and impressions.
…and the living is easy shows some fragments of these two types of diaries that were assembled together day by day, starting from July 23 (eleven days after the war began) until August 12, (2 days before the war ended). The installation presents 21 texts and 21 video sequences, (one per video monitor) each one corresponding to a day.