Flying Fence

Installation, Fabric 6m x 40cm, 2013

Text written on banner: “Me and my sister, against my cousin. Me, my sister and my cousin against all the rest”

Based on a Lebanese saying that says the same but uses male nouns, which are gender inclusive.  In this banner, all the gendered words have been changed from male to female.

Flying Fence consists of a fabric banner of 6 meters length. This kind of fabric banners hangs in the streets of villages and towns in Lebanon for store advertisements, holidays, or political parties. I was interested in exposing the division, to find that point where it results ridicule. Especially in Lebanon, where divisions according to the different religious communities are so quotidian and infused in daily speech, besides the general distintions between race, gender, class and nationality,

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