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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
7 am in the morning. I am driving above Bourj Hammoud, on Yerevan Bridge. Suddenly, there is traffic jam, surprisingly it is not so bad. we are moving, but slowly.
The sky is blue with stunning cold autumn day colors and a full moon just in front me. I can feel the sun coming out from behind as it lights the clouds.
When I got close to the tunnel, the moon disappeared behind the hill, only to appear again, once I got to the end of Charles Helou Avenue; while crossing the Ring. Only this time, 10 minutes more into the day, the sun is shining, covering all the facades with its soft light. the moon standing there a bit shyer, romantically fading behind the Murr building.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
rePLACE Beirut project, I took some close-up portraits of the political candidates posters of Rmeil and Geitawi; the Blues Collection.
At the same time, I wanted to frame the faces for the public to "see" them because they are becoming unseen decor from the street - until they fade out completely. So I Framed, with tape, a series of portraits, a bit more then a couple of months later, this is the result.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
|Poster pasted on a billboard advertising for Tourism in Turkey says: "Beware of Turkey, the new Ottoman face"|
The Lebanese emotions for this neighboring country vary between two poles : Anger from the Ottoman period and from the state not recognizing the (obvious) Armenian genocide and ...Delight watching the Turkish Stars of the soap opera shows.
I'd say take a holiday; turn off the TV.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
"Internet in Public Gardens across Lebanon"
So, I decided it is time I pay Sioufi's public space a visit for the first time.
The internet is of the slow kind, but still, you can access you emails and check into Facebook while looking at Mount Lebanon (I did not dare load a youtube video).
On another note, I do not get why they ban picture taking in the gardens in Beirut. so I took a few photo, while the guards were laughing near by. They said nothing.
Monday, June 27, 2011
With a name like that, the festival managed to attract a huge number of media, even though it was a small 5-movies-film-festival initially. Of these 5 movies, 2 got censured, again : Green Days, on the iranian revolution of 2009, directed by Hana Makhmalbaf (story on iloubnan) and "Chou Sar" directed by Degaulle Eid, about the massacre of his family during the civil war. It was banned by Lebanese General Security for “inciting sectarianism”.
Well, I would like to see these two films and decide what I think about them on my own.
Oh, and I promise, though I might be angry about the History of my country, I won't kill anyone after, I believe such a movie would be more of a cleansing bath for a really sectarian society that is in fact nurtured by this kind of censorship.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
No one went on a muddy off-road trip this morning, it's just muddy rain- the muddiest I have ever seen in Lebanon. It left the city - and the cars all dirty, making me wish for a 3rd round of rain this May, the heavy-cleaning-the-city kind of rain (like May 13nth rain).Beirut needs a clean-up before the dry Summer season...
Monday, May 16, 2011
|Photos from May 13th 2011|
|Photos from May 13th 2011|
|Yerevan Bridge usual winter "lake" - Photos from May 13th 2011|
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
When I saw this sign with a friend we wondered whether this is Bab Idriss turning into a Qatari-Sheikh-Street... Luckily, we still have Bab Idriss, it's Omar Daouk that is gone. Tried to search for him on the net, no trace of who he was (Any input is highly welcome).
|Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Street sign|
Bab meaning Door in Arabic, Bab Idriss is one of the main entrances to the old city of Beirut when it had a wall around it. While most of the other "Bab_" names of streets are lost, this one still reminds us of the history Downtown Beirut holds. Keep it.
|Bab Al Darkeh 1848|
|Bab Al Saraya 1920|
|BAB IDRISS 1920|
|Bab Yaacoub- 1906|
|Bab Al Darkeh- 1848|
|Google maps still calls it Omar Daouk Street. Click to enlarge.|
Monday, May 2, 2011
|"if God grants, don't ask about the reason" and when Man takes? should we ask about the reason?|
The bulldozer is parked on the plot of the Ex-cinema Vendome building and the future Aya Tower, where the protest against the demolition of Mar Mikhael (organized by Save Beirut Heritage) took place.
Why would the real estate companies care about old Beiruty buildings and heritage when the ministry and municipality does not & gives legal permission to demolish? ...also, when there is a call to protest only a few really answer the call and physically show up (only around 50 people came to the protest, although online the save Beirut Heritage group has 7000 members and 600 people said they would attend the Sit In), still, online support is better than no support...
|They will try to save the Façade of the building on this adjacent plot|
|Aya Assassin Graffiti|
|Beirut or BUYrut?|
|the few people at the Sit in|
Monday, April 25, 2011
Whether the candidate won or lost, the street wall remains a wall of fame. His image might last long enough to make the face - or what is left of it - part of the public imagery that people know, but can't quite frame.
The residents of Beirut neighborhoods - and among them Geitawi - keep a seat outside their shop on the sidewalks to relax and people watch or to keep a parking space for their customers and family members. Sitting outside is claiming the streets.
if the walls are for the candidates, the street is for the inhabitants. the seat is theirs. The view - of the street and its wall - is theirs.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
April 16th, the rePLACE Beirut project concluded its workshop with a work-in-progress presentation of activities organized over the course of a two-week exploration of the city by way of the everyday routes of its residents (see www.re-place.info). Via overlapping discussions, documentation and hours of walks through the city, participants developed individual and group projects to reflect and react upon or make imaginary propositions for the city of Beirut. We began with a failed map in order to find a course for divergence, whereby tracing routes left by others becomes an impossible task: the map is lost after a coffee break in Achrafieh, the workweek/weekend population divide on bus no. 2 changes the landscape completely, and our memories bleed all over Hamra in a way that diffuses place into an overflow of gestures and signifiers. The resulting set of detours are informed with a very Beiruti sensibility; they are landmarks not as monumentalized structures, but as tools for navigation and agency within the archive. Here, the archive is the flow of Beirut itself. (text via the organizing team)
|Christophe Katrib's Route Hijacking Public Space|
|George Haddad's impossibility of a straight line|
|The Wonderful 3 organizers: Elaine, Fotini and Daniel.|
|Christophe seeing Lynn Kodeih's Route|
rePLACE BEIRUT workshop participants:::
Jad Baaklini (Jad's article about rePLACE on Hibr here)
Maral Der Boghossian
Elaine W. Ho
|I guess Lina's picture turned out to be quite nice.|
|Maral Der Boghossian route from Mar Mikhael to her father's shop in Bourj Hammoud|
|My Route Focusing on Fading to Blue Posters and Seats in Geitawi|