This Friday 22 March we host our opening for SPACE INVASION. The opening will feature two installations that will cohabit the physical space as they communicate a larger story that has to do with their immaterial existence in space.


Oranges from Haifa by Batoul Faour

“Oranges from Haifa” utilizes cartographic representations of the Lebanon - Palestine border near the Khiam Marjayoun valley. The work juxtaposes maps from the archives of the British army in the early 1940s with current day satellite images of the same region. In doing so, it also juxtaposes two journeys: that of my grandfather from Khiam to the Thursday market in Al Khalsa to buy oranges from Haifa, and that of the British army from Palestine into Lebanon to ensure Allies-led authority was maintained across the region. The same colonial powers that once divided the region also represented it as one in their military strategy. Both maps focus on the same region, highlighting the interruption that makes these journeys no longer possible.

"what remains of my cedar forest" by Rami Chahine

 Rami looks at memory as reconstructions of situations and events. By reconstructing the cedar tree he had planted as a child and placing it against the backdrop of a virtual tour of the Barouk cedar reserve.He asks will the memory of the forest outlast the forest itself? Will the constructed national identities outlast the nation itself?

The jury was comprised of artists Petra, leva Saudargaité Douaihi, anthropologist Marc Ghazali and curator Marie-Nour Hechaime.

This open call has been made possible with the generous support of the BERYT project, which is led by UN-habitat through funding from the Lebanon Financing Facility (LFF) that is administered by the World Bank (WB). The Cultural and Creative Industries component is implemented by UNESCO Beirut.

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