Barmeh / Rounds
Video, fiction, 7 minutes, 2001
Barmeh/Rounds is a video featuring Rabih MrouÃ©, who appears as a strangely familiar driver, filmed steering through the streets of the city. Beirut is mentioned, evoked through the driverâ€™s stories and through sound, but never seen. Invisible in overexposed whiteness, Beirut escapes definition. However, its presence is confirmed through the ongoing discourse. Like his driving, MrouÃ©â€™s stories spin in a circle. He seems a ghost, inseparable from his car, haunting the streets of a city where a reconstruction project is in progress.
Underlying these thoughts about the car and the road system is also a reflection on the modernisation project undertaken in that strange postwar period.