Ghabra, the City

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Part of Retrieving Beirut exhibition in K Timber (24 – 29 May 2016)
Retrieving Beirut presented a collectio9n of local artists demonstrating work that pushes conceptualization of Beirut beyond notions of pre-war nostalgia and post-war amnesia.
Presenting a vision of Beirut that accepts overwhelming negative attributes as an indicative part of its past but not as inevitable part of its future.
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When the dust settles in, and brings to a stillness our ability to see all the questions that need to be asked. The dust settles in a thick veil, on a city that we love. A city that was meant to bring people together, but instead, it is closing more and more on itself, its people growing indifferent to one another. The city becomes a space where change is either frightening or unwanted, hence forbidden.
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Ghrabra (Arabic word for dust) is that city; a city that lost its colors to politics. Only every so often a noise can be heard, voices are raised and unrest follows. Before the dust settles back in, a window flings open, through which questions are asked in the face of an established status quo.

Ghabra the cityUpon entering the dark room, the viewers were asked to wear a mask for the experience.

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Short excerpt