It’s All Real
During the filming of A Letter Always Reaches its Destination
and The Rumor of the World
, and meeting the various actors, each one non-professional, we encountered people with incredible fates whose common link was their double cultures, worlds, temporalities, …
Therefore, they are grasped by an extraterritorial dimension that echoes the virtual world, globalized through the Internet. Beyond the scams that they produce, the stories told in these scams reflect displacement, mobility, and global events, oddly evoking their personal stories, complex with economic or political turmoil.
They have no choice but to leave their country, they are predominantly emigrants, in temporary exile, seeking refuge in Lebanon or a job, on hope of a better life. They come from all over the world and are often laborers or domestic workers. Some of them receive social insurance, others don’t. Some are these workers’ children. Born in Lebanon, they struggle nonetheless to get legal papers and move around freely.
The video installation of It’s all Real
retraces some of these encounters, to follow them in their daily life, and give a voice to these silhouettes that one comes across without barely noticing, giving a story to the invisible.
With Omar, Younès, Tamara, Fidel and Adib one sees the parallel world that they invest and the floating identities from which they inherit. The video installations in which they appear are like documents dispersed in the exhibition, confronting fictional character and real people. Like the scams, they say something about the state of the world and contemporary history. Installations for It’s All Real: 1. OMAR & YOUNES 2. FIDEL 3. TAMARA 4. ADIB 5. SACHA