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The connivance of Watching Birds

Beirut, 2011

Video-installation / 4 channel videos 12min loop

Collaboration with Laila Hotait Salas

Images of the Video-Installation “The Connivance of Watching Birds” At La Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos de Madrid. INJUVE Awards.
Images of the Video-Installation “The Connivance of Watching Birds” At La Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos de Madrid. INJUVE Awards.

‘The Connivance of Watching Birds’ while I did the Art direction for the film ‘The Crayons of Askalan’, directed by Laila Hotait in Lebanon and Syria, with Palestinian actors from refugee camps in Lebanon. The video-installation explores how being there to tell the story of other shapes our own history. Allowing elements of the film, like the costumes, the locations, and the durations, to have a different life outside of their original representational uses. The Connivance of Watching Birds is an allegorical exploration of “limbo”: the time of waiting, through the eyes of Palestinians in prison and the parallel life of Palestinians in a refugee camp.

This video-installation was awarded the Production Grant of Injuve for Emerging Artists.

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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