Lost Strange Things: On not finding home
Lost Strange Things: On not finding home is a monograph with images from the photographic series of the same title. The book assembles 116 photographs, many family photos and documents culled from the artist's personal collection and texts by Rayya Badran, Bariaa Mourad and Najla Said.
208 pages, 20.5 x 26cm
CMYK (full color) recto verso
300g Fabriano Offset soft cover
140g Fabriano Offset inside pages
Published by Triton in 2014
Designed by Studio Safar
Edition of 500, Artist Edition of 10 + III AP
Points of sale:
Beirut: Art Factum Gallery, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut Art Center, Dar Bookshop, Dawawine, Plan Bey, Papercup
Berlin: B/B Mulitples
Vienna: Walther König im MuseumsQuartier, Salon für Kunstbuch
Lost Strange Things: On not finding home is part of the collections of Albertina and of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
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.