LOST STRANGE THINGS: ON NOT FINDING HOME
Solo exhibition & book release
Art Factum Gallery, Beirut
Opening: March 5, 2015, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition dates: March 6 - April 11, 2015
This series of photographs and found documents delves into the terrain of nostalgia and belonging and has grown from two years of photographing people, landscapes, cityscapes as well as objects and interiors.
The images illustrate different facets that represent home while simultaneously observing the affiliation to time, space, people and memory.
About the book:
Lost Strange Things: On not finding home is a monograph with images from the photographic series of the same title. The book is published by Triton and designed by Beirut-based Studio Safar.
The monograph assembles 116 photographs, many additional found family photos and documents, a prologue by Rayya Badran and an essay by Bariaa Mourad.
self-portraits, photographs, magazine scans, sound
see installation views
sound editing & mixing: Edwin Daou
This project explores the status of unmarried women in Lebanon above the age of 30 and questions whether this ‘singlehood’ is a social stigma nowadays as it was in the past.
I interviewed 5 women, all over 30 and unmarried be it by choice, as a result of divorce, or any other reason. I wanted to talk about the opposite ‘side’ of being married and unpack the experiences, feelings, expectations, and judgments an unmarried woman above a certain age in Lebanon might encounter.
The traditional English rhyme goes: ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and A Sixpence in your Shoe’. This rhyme denotes what the bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck.
I have employed this old rhyme in order to transplant its elements according to Lebanese traditions and to explore the tension between those objects and visuals with the women’s experiences, which also resonate in my own personal life.
The project thus consists of different components, which present an opposition between sound recordings (interviews) and visuals (self-portraits, object photos, magazine scans). Each element of the piece is allotted a space in the display, which attempts to create a reflection on those multiple experiences of which I am a part.
March 18 - 21, 2015