Untitled (1997-2003)

Video Installation

Untitled (1997-2003)

Two-channel video Installation
Video, 7′ in loop on 5 plexiglas panels
Concept and production: Lamia Joreige
Camera and editing: : Lamia Joreige
Sound engineer: Carole Issa

Filmed in Beirut in the early 90’s (after the Lebanese war officially ended), ‘Untitled 1997-2003’ aims to reflect on the process of memory and narration. The same video is projected from two opposite sources on five aligned, of equal size rectangular Plexiglas panels – three sanded, two transparent – Images are thus reflected back to us, while also crossing layers.

Those images and sounds are memory (as they are recorded), as well as fictions, (when recreated through diverse transformations). They appear as reminiscences. They are worked from and within their texture and medium, (video tracking and colors, sound frequency and levels, etc.). Abstracted, decomposed and transformed, they are often at the frontier between being identifiable and totally losing their origin, hence reaching a contemplative dimension. We are here in a space of continuity and rupture at the same time. The narrow distance between the panels offers a passage that both invites and holds back the spectator. When crossing it, they transform those surfaces.