WHITE MIDDLE SEA



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 (البحر الأبيض المتوسط - 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 humor, all play their part in this narrative.


Statement

Since the beginning of my visual endeavour, I experienced the Mediterranean territory, as a refuge, but also as a field of possibilities.

The cradle of civilisations, the basin of the Mediterranean has been a place where diversity & cosmopolitism alternatively flourished & decayed. People are migrating from a place to another almost always for the same reasons, only direction changes, depending on each new conflict, or calamity.

My work attempts an exploration of those “waves” as they hit the shores, albeit outside the framework of History.

Wandering mainly the Eastern Mediterranean shores, between the cities I lived and the ones I was hosted, when I have to define myself, I become a storyteller without a story...
I seek future and past catastrophes along the way.
I look for intersections, sedimentations, and evaporations in that upturning of depth that can be seen in the striated gap between realities, the reliefs of salt and stone, the canyons where rivers rush down towards the sea, the immemorial abyss of slowness that shows itself in the erosion and geology.
I mainly find it in the verticality of the metropolises, sinking in the chaos of urban space, running away through narrow trails on islands, on erupting mountains, on lethargic lakes, finding home in solitary ports and Faiyum portraits.

It is this notion of sedimentation that I would like to convey into this body of work through photography & walking bit by bit more of my natural habitat, where the only borders are dictated by its fauna and flora.











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Athens, Attica


















Palermo, Sicily















Avlona, Attica

















Pedion tou Areos, Athens

















Salina, Sicily















Palermo, Sicily














Ganci, Sicily
















Triopetra, Crete
















Beirut, Lebanon

















Paranesti, Drama

















Alexandria, Egypt


















Pireaus, Attica


















Saida, Lebanon

















Palaio Faliro, Aticca




















Zouq Mkayel, Lebanon


















Tyre, Lebanon


















Borgo Fenicio, Sicily

















Mount Lebanon


















Livadi Geranou, Patmos


















Motya, Sicily





















Aghiasos, Lesbos




















Monte Carcaci, Sicily.















Tilos, Greece
















Matera, Puglia


















Kardamili, Mani


















Tavros, Athens


















Mondello, Sicily


















Peristeria, Salamina


















Ramnounda, Attica





















Comiso, Sicily



















Lampedusa, Sicily



















Nicosia, Sicily
























Phalasarna, Crete





















Eresos, Lesvos






















Al Judaydeh, Lebanon














Poetto, Sardegna


















Tyre, Lebanon


















Larnaca, Cyprus



















Marseilles, France
















Madonie, Sicily
















Sounion, Attica



















Custonaci, Sicily


















Chania, Crete


















Cairo, Egypt

















Agia Marina, Leros
















Alexandria, Egypt




















Mount Penteli, Attica


















Barcelona, Spain


















Beirut, Lebanon



















Erice, Sicily



















Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily


















Isola dei Correnti, Sicily



















Beirut, Lebanon



















Mikro Horio, Tilos, Greece


















Alinta, Leros, Greece




















Tyre, Lebanon

















Beit Mery, Lebanon


















Favara, Sicily

















Tripoli, Lebanon

















Agiàsos, Lesbos

















Selinunte, Sicily

















Cyrene, Cyprus


















Pireaus, Greece


















Cairo, Egypt

















Cala Creta, Lampedusa

















Nea Makri, Attica



















Jounieh, Lebanon

















Salina, Sicily
















Faliro, Attica


















Palermo, Sicily
















Marathona, Attica















Mount Etna, Sicily

















Aannaya, Lebanon


















Santa Marina, Salina

















Kokkina, Leros


















Beirut, Lebanon


















Beit Mery, Lebanon


















Marathona, Attica


















Patras, Greece
















Tyre, Lebanon










exhibition



 
The Ones We Love - Viaduct gallery (Des Moines, USA 2014)






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