Figures Upon Landscape
Beau Geste: Yto Barrada
16mm, colour, sound
4 mins 5 secs
The owner of one vacant lot had made a deep, fatal notch in this palm tree, a Phoenix Canariensis, and was waiting for it to fall. Then he could build on his lot.
The action – inspired by the diggers movement and the 1939 epic starring Gary Cooper – set out to interupt or delay this process. The phrase beau geste from the French, means a gracious gesture, often characterized by futility.
This selection of films, curated Jim Quilty, is presented on Ibraaz in collaboration with the Beirut Art Center.