Oblivion leaves sediments too. On the surface of cities or in the depth of the sea. It may, in time become memory.
WHITE MIDDLE SEA (ongoing since 2010)
The Mediterranean sea (المتوسط الأبيض البحر - the White Middle Sea in arabic) is the geological and intangible heritage of all identity sedimentations. Open basin or cosmopolitan diversity graveyard to three continents, Africa, Asia and Europe.
I walk & walk in my natural habitat, its mountains, rivers, seasides, forests, cities, islands...
My eyes are those of an urban 'geologist', but my gaze is erratic: I wander its landscapes as if self-exiled.
Sedimentations of songs, stories, myths, migrations & longings leave a trace behind my path, some visible and some hidden.
From shore to shore, layout and stratification, alienation, immobility, raw fiction, the poetics of light and humour, all play their part in this narrative.
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loop silent video from installation
The body of work WHITE MIDDLE SEA takes its roots in the specific phenomenon of my first trip on a boat, in late spring 1976, not knowing that this was my first time to migrate, from Beirut to Larnaca and then to Athens. In this series, I pretended to speak about my childhood, yet my real childhood had disappeared. I have lied about it so often since, that I no longer have a real memory of this time, and my childhood has become one lost yet familiar landscape.
Aren’t we made out of all the landscapes we have seen and we have forgotten?
Palaio Faliro, Attica
Parco della Favorita, Palermo, Sicily
Al Judaydeh, Lebanon
Platanias, Chania, Crete
Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily
Isola dei Correnti, Sicily
Ain Mreisse, Beirut
Mikro Horio, Tilos
Beit Mery, Mount Lebanon
Ancient Olive-grove, Egina.
Mount Etna, Sicily
Santa Marina, Salina
The Ones We Love - Viaduct gallery (Des Moines, USA 2014)
Mediterranean Flux (Naxos, Greece, Sept. 2020)