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...AND THE LIVING IS EASY

In collaboration with Rabih Mroué

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On July 11, 2006 Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers on the border of South Lebanon. On July 12, Israel took this operation as a pretext and attacked Lebanon launching a war which lasted 33 days, killed 1190 civilians, displaced more than 1.000 000 Lebanese, and destroyed the whole infrastructure of the country from North to South. Israel imposed a full blockade on the population. All or almost all the regular activities in the country were interrupted, and Beirut the capital was deserted for 33 days. During those 33 days, Rabih Mroué wrote his diary on his little blue notebook and Lamia Joreige filmed her diary with her little black handy-cam, both recounting each in their way, their daily life and impressions.
...and the living is easy shows some fragments of these two types of diaries that were assembled together day by day, starting from July 23 (eleven days after the war began) until August 12, (2 days before the war ended). The installation presents 21 texts and 21 video sequences, (one per video monitor) each one corresponding to a day.

Le 11 juillet 2006, Hezbollah a kidnappé deux soldats Israéliens à la frontière sud-Liban. Le 12 juillet, Israël prend cette opération pour prétexte, et attaque le Liban, déclenchant une guerre qui a duré 33 jours, tué 1190 civils, déplacé plus d'un million d'habitants et détruit l'infrastructure du pays du nord au sud. Israël a imposé un blocus total sur la population. La totalité ou presque des activités du pays ont été interrompues, et Beyrouth la capitale a été désertée pendant 33 jours. Durant ces 33 jours, Rabih Mroué a écrit son journal dans son petit cahier bleu, et Lamia Joreige a filmé son journal avec sa petite caméra vidéo, chacun racontant à sa facon, sa vie quotidienne et ses impressions.
...and the living is easy, montre des fragments de ces deux genres de "journaux intimes" qui ont été rassemblés jour après jour, à partir du 23 juillet (onze jours après le début de la guerre), jusqu'au 12 Aout (deux jours avant la fin de la guerre).


 

Type:Multimedia installation
Medium: Video and text
Date: 2007

Credits

Concept and production: Lamia Joreige & Rabih Mroué
Videos: Lamia Joreige
Texts: Rabih Mroué


  Shown @

- Tokyo International Art Festival (Japan) 2007


 

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Publications

- Think with the senses feel with the mind (vol II), La Biennale di Venezia, 2007
- Foreword, Pavilion of Lebanon in the Venice Biennale, Alarm Editions, 2007

 
 
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