This is Not Beirut (There Was And There Was Not)

Jayce Salloum

1994, 48:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English, Arabic, French


This tape is at the most fundamental level, a personal project; 1) examining the use of images/representations of Lebanon and Beirut both in the West and in Lebanon itself, 2) recording the interactions and experiences while working in Lebanon, focusing on the undertaking of this representational process as a Lebanese and a Westernized foreign born mediator with cultural connections and baggage of both the West and Lebanon as well as some of the disparities and disjunctions arising in each; 3) situating the work between genres looking from the inside out at each and engaging critically at the assumptions imposed and thus broken in this site of complexity one's identity is found & constructed in.

Cette vidéo est, au niveau le plus fondamental, un projet personnel; 1) celui d'examiner l'usage d'images-représentations du Liban et de Beyrouth à la fois en Occident et au Liban même, 2) d'enregistrer les interactions et les expériences lors du tournage au Liban, en fixant l'attention sur ce processus de représentation en tant que Libanais et en tant que médiateur occidentalisé, né à l'étranger, avec des réflexes et un bagages provenant à la fois de l'Occident et du Liban et certaines des disparités soulevées par chacun des deux aspects et 3) et de situer l'oeuvre entre les genres s'observant les uns les autres et engageant de façon critique ( les hypothèses imposées-idées reçcues) et ainsi rompues dans ce lieu de complexité où notre identité se trouve et s'élabore.

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