Thursday, March 9, 1995

Not Beirut

Videos by Jayce Salloum & Jalal Toufic

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Jayce Salloum’s (This is Not Beirut)/There was and there was not and Jalal Toufic’s Credits Included: A Video in Red and Green are provocative looks at a problematized and constantly re-constructed Lebanon. Salloum examines representations of Beirut and analyzes his own process as a western-born Lebanese mediator. Toufic’s work “registers the withdrawal of tradition past a surpassing disaster; documents the rise in 1992-Beirut of an anomalous and sublime architecture of bricks; and uses fiction to document the eruption outside mental hospitals of either diagrammatic or psychotic effects.” (JT) – Curated by Irina Leimbacher