…A Faraway Souvenir

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    …A Faraway Souvenir, 2001-2007
    Lambda photo print (6 meters)
    In collaboration with Ahmad Gharbieh
  • In 2001, the 34 electric poles of Ouzai avenue, situated in a popular area of the Shiah suburbs of Beirut, were photographed on both sides and listed, from north to south. Each pole carries frames, each frame contains a photo, that of a young man, a “martyr”. Some frames are empty, as if expecting future martyrs (See in publications, the text “A State of Latency” on the notion of the empty frame).

    In 2007, the thirty-four poles of Ouzai avenue were repainted, the avenue resurfaced, but, because of the passage of time, the photos of the martyrs fade in their frames. They can no longer be recognized ; often all that is left is a ghostly outline haunting them. The artists photographed them again in 2007 and placed them next to the images of 2001, set out in a long frieze that raises the question of the future of those images, the memory of history and, more generally, that of heroes of old wars in the face of heroes of new ones.

    “A Faraway Souvenir” is shown in a large photo frieze, about 6 meters long, made up of the photos of the martyrs. The visitor walks along the frieze which presents the photos from 2001 and 2007 side by side.

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