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 (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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Statemant

The body of work WHITE MIDDLE SEA takes it roots in the specific phenomenon of my first trip on a boat, not knowing that this was my first time to migrate, around the age of three, 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 that I no longer have a real memory of this time, and my childhood has become for me some kind of a landscape.
Aren’t we the landscape of all we have seen?

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 of familiar faces in foreign land.

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.

I’ve been standing before those ruins and sediments, recent and ancient, watching myself age. These remains, traces, trails became the beginning and the end of all my wandering. I melded out of those debris some new forms, but they remain mostly un answered questions. And the question of identity yet hasn’t stopped form morphing, in a continuous flux.

In the last few years I have also been trying to understand the function of forgetting, which is not for me the opposite of remembering, but rather its lining. I believe that we do not actually forget. We visually rewrite on the wall of oblivion a profound need to forgive.










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Athens, Attica
















Livadi Beach, Thasos
















Salina, Sicily

















Palermo, Sicily

















Ganci, Sicily

















Triopetra, Crete


















Dbaye, Lebanon

















Paranesti, Drama
















Alexandria, Egypt















Kardamili, Peloponese














Agora, Athens













Pireaus, Attica















Karpovoulos, Samos















Saida, Lebanon















Palaio Faliro, Attica















Zouq Mkayel, Lebanon















Tyre, Lebanon

















Avlona, Attica














Borgo Fenicio, Sicily















Favarra, Sicily



























Livadi Geranou, Patmos















Apetra, Crete















Motya, Sicily















Aghiasos, Lesbos















Monte Carcaci, Sicily















Tilos, Aegean sea















Peristeria, Salamina















Matera, Puglia


















Kardamili, Mani


















Tavros, Athens


















Mondello, Sicily


















Peristeria, Salamina


















Corniche el Naher, Beirut


















Ramnounda, Attica





















Comiso, Sicily



















Lampedusa, Sicily


















Pireaus, Attica
















Marseille, France
















Nicosia, Sicily

















Phalasarna, Crete

















Eresos, Lesvos

















Al Judaydeh, Lebanon

















Pedion tou Areos, Athens

















Faliron, Attika
















Poetto, Sardegna

















Tyre, Lebanon

















Larnaca, Cyprus

















Marseilles, France

















Madonie, Sicily

















Sounion, Attica
















Mondello, Sicily
















Agia Marina, Leros

















Alexandria, Egypt


















Mount Penteli, Attica

















Barcelona, Spain


















Erice, Sicily

















lake Mornou, Fokida









lake Doxa, Corinth

















Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily

















Isola dei Correnti, Sicily

















Ain Mreisse, Beirut 
















Mikro Horio, Tilos

















Alinta, Leros

















Tyre, Lebanon

















Beit Mery, Lebanon

















Favara, Sicily
















Ancient Olive-grove, Egina.
















Tripoli, Lebanon

















Selinunte, Sicily

















Cyrene, Cyprus

















Pireaus, Greece

















Cala Creta, Lampedusa















Karpovoulos, Samos
















Palermo, Sicily

















Nea Makri, Attica

















Jounieh, Lebanon

















Salina, Sicily

















Faliro, Attica

















Palermo, Sicily
















Kastro, Tilos
















Marathona, Attica

















Kokkina, Leros
















Beit Mery, Lebanon

















Schinias, Attica
















Mount Etna, Sicily

















Aannaya, Lebanon

















Santa Marina, Salina
















Patras, Greece

















Tyre, Lebanon










exhibition

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



  
Mediterranean Flux (Naxos, Greece, Sept. 2020)







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