BEIRUT ONE BY ONE By ZENA ASSI & ISSAM BARHOUCH Year 2011
As Lebanese citizens, we have always witnessed a permanent link, a causality effect between the history of a country and the transformation of its architectural and natural landscape. Beirut one by one, is an alliance between a painter, Zena Assi, and an architect, Issam Barhouch, to put together an installation, that visually translates the idea of ‘coring a piece of Beirut’s soil ’, taking this study sample of virtual cubic drilling, putting it on wheels, and showing it to the public eye. This city has been through so many changes in the past 100 years, so many uneven periods of peace and war, of silence and tumult… up to a point where its story is written through the layers of its own grounds, its history is translated in a factor of accumulation and compression, visualized by layers of silent passive cardboards stuck on top of each other, interrupted by random lines of round bullets. This sample of ‘one by one’ is a core of Lebanon containing the seeds of a country relentlessly determined to rebirth and defies time.
Dimensions: 100x100x100cm Media: Cardboards, bullets, paint, wheels, wood base