Most bodies of works presented here are only sketches, drawings or thoughts.
Their final form takes shape when exhibited in real space & time.
Greek-Lebanese visual artist and filmmaker.
Born in Beirut, 1973.
Lived in Beit Mery, Larnaca, Athens, Paris, Cairo and Palermo.
Since 1998, has created video & photographic installations, directed documentaries, experimental and essay films.
CAHIERS DE L'OUBLI (2006-...)
By sedimentation I refer to the layers of time in which live materials and ideas sink to the bottom of the Mediterranean sea. Most of my work is produced over long periods, waiting for this minimum sedimentation to occur. Those materials are archives, recordings, reconstructions, gestures, peripatetic experiences and a sense of listening/hearing. These sediments invite the viewer to a meandering through a creative comparison of reality, of languages, and of narratives. What I call creative comparison of reality is a long process of dialectic creativity that accompanies and informs my work through different stages.
I walked, walked and still walk on Mediterranean soil.
Man before even beginning to combine action to word, starts on his feet.
Walking reminds us of what gave us our civilizations and enlightment.
The quest for an unattainable return home and an impossible harmony motivates the walker - pilgrim.
Walking is a process and a pretext for introspection.
Lonely form of resilience, not without nostalgia, walking is always a step towards the other, and the foreigner in us. It’s an encounter that requires an effort. It’s a therapy, both physical and psychological.
In the effort of walking one escapes the very idea of identity, the temptation to be someone, to have a name and a history.
This new form of freedom lies in not being anyone; for the walking body has no history, it is just an eddy in the stream of immemorial life. Forgetting oneself would begin with deliberately cultivating solitude and oblivion. It would acknowledge that all labor spent on the self is potentially displacement activity, wasted energy. And with that effort conserved, some sort of great work could be done. The reveries of Rousseau, the writings of Rimbaud and then of Stevenson, Thoreau, Benjamin, Walser, Sebald and so many others encourage us, when reading them, to put on our shoes and walk.
To our joy and our health, walking is a form of defiance of speed and noise, increases curiosity, and encourages humility, causing sometimes meditation. It invites us to contemplate, be silent and listen better. I would call this form of life practice Peripatetics.
It revolves around experiential, direct, non-conceptual filmmaking & photography. It’s somehow the quiet side of urban landscape or scenery contemplation during which attention is given primarily to the state of mind and not to the hunting of exceptional phenomena. This internalisation of attention brings a more sober & poetic reading of reality. It’s a detached way of making more intimate images open to interpretations. You create or inhabit a non-familiar space that, through the act of walking, metamorphoses it into a home, and opens it also towards a political gesture and towards the sublime.
I started off at the beginning of my approach over two decades ago, to embrace Athens, my city, neither for what I wanted it to be but for what it is and eluded me. This endeavour in time turned into a prelude to learning about justice, and established itself as one first step in an act of resistance.
DEPRESSION ERA collective's co-founder & contributing artist (Athens, Greece 2011-...)
PHASES MAGAZINE - contributing editor (France/Greece 2015 - 2017)
URBANAUTICA INSTITUTE - contributing editor (Treviso, Italy June 2015-...)
VENTO DEL NORD - film festival program curator (Lampedusa, Italy July 2011)
OPEN ARMS - curator online collection (Athens, Greece August 2013 - )
ORMOS - curator Exhibition (Palermo, Italy January 2016)
DEPRESSION ERA - co-curator of the collective's exhibition at SLOUGHT (Philadelphia, USA Jan-Feb. 2019)
PLATEAU 034 - co-curator of the exhibition at Zoetrope (Athens, Greece, June 2019)
DEPRESSION ERA - co-curator of the collective's TOURISTS installation within 13,700,000 km^3 exhibition at Pythagorion Art Space (Samos, Greece, August 4–September 30, 2019 )
Τhe Id – RECONSTRUCTING FAMILY - curator of the collective exhibition at MedPhoto Festival & EFEK (Iraklio, Crete, Greece Nov 2019 – Dec 2019) & (Rethymno, Crete, Greece Sept. 2020-oct-2020)
ORIGINI (Palermo, Italy March 2015)
PERIPATETICS (Athens, Greece Feb-March 2016)
OPEN ARCHIVE (Philadelphia, USA Jan 2019)
MILANO CITTA APERTA - DEPRESSION ERA (Milano, Italy 2015)
MINIMUM - PHASES MAGAZINE (Palermo, Italy 2016)
ORAMA - BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY (Athens, Greece 2017)
Mobilities in/of Crises: Critical Investigations - CAESURA (Athens, Greece 2018)
Rethymno's Photographic Lessons - BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY (Rethymno, Greece 2019)
Sync Curatorial Fellowship - Swedish Institute at Athens (Athens, Greece 2019)
URBANAUTICA (Italy 2015)
VELVET EYES (UK 2018)
SEMIMAGAZINE (UK 2019)
OF THE LAND AND US (UK 2019)
ΕΠΟΧΗ ΤΩΝ ΕΙΚΟΝΩΝ (GR 2021)
photography exhibitions (selected)
URBAN OF - Athens Photo Festival (Athens, Greece, Oct 2000)
SPLEEN - No Country For Young Men - Bozar (Bruxelles, Belgium March 2014)
SPLEEN - Depression Era - Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece, Nov 2014 - Jan 2015)
REFUGE DREAMGROVE - Alien Territory - Medphoto (Rethymno, Greece June-Sept 2016)
ISOLITUDUNE - Whitelight - Shed (London, UK, March 2017)
SPLEEN - CRITICAL ARCHIVES III: IDENTITIES - Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete (Rethymno, Greece, Jan-March 2018)
PHOTO-GRAPHE - Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece, Nov. 2018-Jan.2019)
SPLEEN - Depression Era - SLOUGHT (Philadelphia, USA Jan-Feb. 2019)
ISOLITUDINE - EIGHT (Athens, Greece, March 2020)
ON THE OLIVE ROUTE - New York International & Independent Film Festival (USA, April 2004)
MOUNT FALAKRO - Ecocinema (Pireaus, Greece, Feb. 2008)
MAESMAK - CON-CAN Movie Festival (Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 2009)
MAESMAK - Luksuz Film Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia Sept. 2009) Best Experimental Film
MAESMAK - Teheran Short Film Festival (Teheran, Iran, Nov 2009) Best Documentary International Competition
TI VITTI - FICTS (Milano, Italy, Dec 2012) Guirlande d’Honneur for Best Documentary
THE INVISIBLE HANDS - 20st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece, March 2018)
THE INVISIBLE HANDS- Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, (Tokyo Japan, April 2018) (Asian Premiere)
THE INVISIBLE HANDS - CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2019)
PHOTOGRAPHIC ASPECTS AND VIEWS - exhibition catalogue (Greece 2001)
SPLEEN/DEPRESSION ERA - exhibition catalogue (Greece 2011)
PAPER JOURNAL MAGAZINE - feature (UK 2014)
AINT BAD MAGAZINE - magazine edition (USA 2014)
APERTURE MAGAZINE - magazine edition (USA 2016)
LIFO - feature (Greece 2018)
L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE - feature (France 2018)
REVUE CAMERA - magazine edition (France 2018)
KASTANIOTIS - book cover (Greece 2018)
POINT DE FUITE - book edition (France 2019)
HARPER'S MAGAZINE - magazine edition (USA 2019)
Aletheia - book cover (Russia 2020)
Edition 1/2, plus one artist print & one museum print.
Variable print size, depending on body of work.
Scanned on Hasselblad/Imacon scanner from Porta160 - Portra 400 Kodak negative or 35mm slides - Offset printed on Hahnemuhle Baryta 315gr