Sweet talk: Commissions (1987-present)
Beginning in the mid-1990s, hundreds of buildings in downtown Beirut were demolished, their rubble thrown into the sea, to reconstruct the new post-war city centre. The works displayed here derive from dozens of implosion videos recorded by irritated former tenants who had been ousted and/or bought off to make room for the new downtown.
Sweet Talk. Commissions (Beirut) _ 1987, 1987/2019
These plates are from a book I found at a flea market in Beirut in 1994. It consists of streetscapes of the city by an unsung Lebanese photographer, Ahmed Helou. What also drew me to the book were the anonymous hand-written inscriptions in English and Arabic on each spread.