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Besides the Sea

Beirut, 2009

Video-installation / 4 channel videos. 12min loop.

Installation views at La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Installation views at La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Image of the installation, outside the gallery, in Beirut, 2009.
Image of the installation, outside the gallery, in Beirut, 2009.

Besides the Sea evokes the condition of vulnerability of everyday life in Lebanon. Nine men and women hum and sing the song, which Wadi Alsafi popularized “Beside the Sea” (Andak Bahariya). In  a sort of choreography, they turn and begin their singing, while underwater struggle to keep their head above water.

High noon in eternity      |      The air is heavier than a horse
Wekalet nehna      |      From this world to the next one
You are here for a reason      |      The night between Ali and I
A glance and I thought it was a greeting      |      La chose
commence ici      |      Flying fence      |      Preferring the fleeting
happiness on earth      |      Half broken hearted half in love
The connivance of watching Birds      |      You know who I am
Oum in three movements      |      Besides the sea      |      Friction
58 Degrees      |      Anticipation of a disappearance
Inheritance      |      The south is back