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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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?




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Athens, Attica















Alexandria, Egypt
















Livadi Beach, Thasos
















Salina, Sicily

















Palermo, Sicily













South of Lebanon













Paranesti, Drama
















Alexandria, Egypt















Kardamili, Peloponese














Agora, Athens













Tripoli, Lebanon















Marsala, Sicily












Patra, Peloponese















Zouq Mkayel, Lebanon













Peristeria, Salamina
















Karpovoulos, Samos















Saida, Lebanon















Palaio Faliro, Attica













Borgo Fenicio, Sicily















lake Doxa, Corinth














Doloi, Mani, Peloponese














Apetra, Crete














Motya, Sicily















Aghiasos, Lesbos












Madonie, Sicily









Epirus, Greece














Larnaca, Cyprus











Tilos, Aegean sea

















Dbaye, Lebanon












Livadi Geranou, Patmos













Tyre, Lebanon














Matera, Puglia


















Kardamili, Mani, Peloponese















Borgo Riena, Sicily

















Mondello, Sicily













Corniche el Naher, Beirut

















Agiásos, Lesbos

















Selinunte, Sicily













Favarra, Sicily













Beirut, Lebanon



















Lampedusa, Sicily















Ramnounda, Attica














Corinth, Peloponese

















Pireaus, Attica





















Comiso, Sicily















Marseille, France















Parco della Favorita, Palermo, Sicily

















Eresos, Lesbos

















Kastro, Tilos

















Al Judaydeh, Lebanon

















Pedion tou Areos, Athens
















Palermo, Sicily















 
Pireaus, Attica

















Tyre, Lebanon

















Larnaca, Cyprus

















Poetto, Sardegna
















Marseilles, France

















Beit Mery, Lebanon
















Chora, Patmos

















Madonie, Sicily

















Sounion, Attica
















Agia Marina, Leros
















La Favorita, Palermo, Sicily


















Mount Penteli, Attica



















Erice, Sicily
















Platanias, Chania, Crete
















Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily

















Isola dei Correnti, Sicily

















Ain Mreisse, Beirut 
















Mikro Horio, Tilos















Tyre, Lebanon















Palermo, Sicily















Beit Mery, Mount Lebanon












Phalasarna, Crete












Cala Creta, Lampedusa












Platanias, Chania, Crete.













Alexandria, Egypt













Kokkina, Leros













Favara, Sicily
















Ancient Olive-grove, Egina.
















Nicosia, Sicily

















Cyrene, Cyprus

















Pireaus, Attica
















Karpovoulos, Samos














Mytilini, Lesbos














Salina, Sicily















Polyrrhenia, Crete
















Faliro, Attica

















Jounieh, Lebanon















Marathona, Attica
















Tripoli, Lebanon
















Schinias, Attica
















Mount Etna, Sicily

















Aannaya, Lebanon

















Santa Marina, Salina

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Patras, Peloponese

















Tyre, Lebanon










exhibition

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



  
Mediterranean Flux (Naxos, Greece, Sept. 2020)







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