In 1976, towards the beginning of the Lebanese civil war, a group of young people found themselves without activity. These teenagers had neither the means nor the will to fight. They called on the musicians of the Lebanese Army, who had no function during the fights to teach them music. They formed a fanfare and played music in the festive occasions of the village and neighboring villages. This band was the meeting place for several couples. In 1984 a musician from the village disappeared, and this incident broke up the band.
33 years later, in 2017, I asked a married couple, who met each other in the fanfare, to re-play a piece of music for the first time since the interruption of their musical activity, in front of the camera, without any training or rehearsal, on the same drums they were keeping in the attic.
The mastery of the situation that can be seen in the first seconds or minutes of the video is soon replaced by errors, omissions and dissonances.
Excerpt from: 14
2017, video, 1h10min
I invited 5 people who meet very often for a card game 14 (or Rummy), to play the same game but with white cards. Despite their hesitation at first, and without any indication from me about the course and duration of the shooting, the players adapted to the situation and the game lasted more than an hour.
Excerpt from: Moussa
2017, video, 1h20min
Moussa spent six years of his childhood making little girls' dresses, as a part of the family work. More than forty years passed after he stopped this activity. In September 2017, I asked him to face this machine one more time and make a dress without any training or rehearsal.
On September 9th, in Filignano, Italy, the village devoted one afternoon for the blessing of it’s animals. In a space devoted for animals, a garden facing the altar and the priest, Maria-Elena and her dog Ledi were waiting. Prayer, Blessing and Fanfares succeed before the departure of Ledi ... blessed and lame
2018, found footage, 8mm, loop.
A bride's trousseau is displayed for the public, in her parents' house, few days before the wedding.
2018, found footage, 8mm, 2-channel video, loop
The bride to be is showing items of her trousseau. On the left, she shows the jewellry, some are offered by her family, and others by the groom's. On the right, she shows the new nightdresses.
Excerpt from: The war started in the city of... (la guerre a éclaté dans la ville de...)
2016, video, 12 min
"The war started in the city of... " is a popular game in Lebanon and it is transmitted from father to son. This country has endured several wars. The children playing this game have not seen nor experienced any kind of violence. They know the rules of the game that is not violent in itself. The offensive is made by speech, by the simple act of declaring war randomly against a city. The attack consists of counting one's steps towards the opponent.
Excerpt from: Kids game (jeu de gamins)
2015, video, 31min
I invited a group of adults to play marbles, a game they used to play during their childhood. They are playing in a small space drawn on the ground as a reminder of the surface of the basement they used to hide in during the war.
2015, video, 2min8sec
I contacted via Skype a group of people from the same village, who shared the same underground shelter during the Lebanese war. Those people met occasionally in the 20 square meters shelter for the duration of 15 years. They described their memories of this period - stories from a peaceful everyday life.
I invited visitors to play cards with me. The cards are all white.
popular games are transformed to become impossible to play
La'ouch / 5 pebbles 2017, 5 natural stones, net, ink drawings, variable dimensions This harmless game is supposed to be played with small pebbles is presented here as dangerous and impossible. The aim of the game: - throw a pebble into the air while picking up another
- Repeat until you have all the pebbles in your hand
Finish / 7 stones 2017, 7 plaster balls, ink drawings, variable dimensions The traditional game of 7 stones meets an additional constraint. The aim of the game: - Mount a tower with the 7 stones
- The tower must stand up
The phone game is supposed to be made with two plastic cups connected by a woolen thread. Here the whole toy is crocheted out of wool.
The sticks in this game must be natural wooden sticks. Here they are replaced with ceramic copies of natural sticks.
2017, animation, loop
Notice of the game "baton étalon"
2017, installation, plaster powder, variable dimensions,Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris
A plaster powder line divides a neutral space into two distinct territories.
Fady had a canary
2016. Bird food grains are growing in a fractured tile.
2015, photo credit Mathieu Harel-Vivier
One of the exhibition walls stands on marbles.
exhibition view, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, 2016
20115 photo credit Mathieu Harel-Vivier
exhibition views, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, 2016
20 square meters
2016, raw clay, woolen thread
photo credit Mathieu Harel-Vivier
A black thread draws on the ground a surface of 20m2 which corresponds to the surface of the shelter. Small clay sculptures are displayed in this surface. They are copies according to the drawings of "Objects". The sculptures are made in a way to preserve the imperfections of the objects drawn.
Objects is a series of 64 ink drawings, copied from original drawings made by those who participated in the video "Mensonges".
photo credit Mathieu Harel-Vivier
2016, installation, plastic bags, variable dimensions Plastic bags build a wall and make a part of the exhibition inaccessible.