Figures Upon Landscape
Paris Without a Sea: Mounira Al Solh
Mounira Al Solh
Paris without a Sea, 2007–08
Video no.2, colour, sound
13 mins 8 secs
Paris Without A Sea focuses on interviews that I did with men. Usually, making an interview presupposes that there should be an interviewer and an interviewee, and that the two stand on different sides; that they are two different entities or units. This video tries to defy this presupposition, without really changing it. The questions begin by asking very basic things that are so banal that they are usually taken for granted. Sometimes the exaggerated fast rhythm of the video, and these questions and answers from the men (that are even more surprising) make the video slide into the absurd, where appropriation and performance constitute underlying strong components of the work.
This selection of films, curated Jim Quilty, is presented on Ibraaz in collaboration with the Beirut Art Center.