“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”

(Italo Calvino)

 

If we look at a city like a giant collage, every new encounter and impression is a piece that can be added to the image. "See you again for the first time, next time" considers the city of Beirut with its rich history, vibrant neighbourhoods and millions of stories to tell. The city is located in the Middle East, a region for which our collective imagination has been constructed strongly by news and media representations. Often these narratives are connected to violence and war and they rarely include other perspectives; after the explosions on August 4th even more so. 

 

The installation invites people to discover an imaginary city made out of objects and sculptures consisting of different pieces that can be taken apart and put together in new ways. It’s an ode to Beirut whose beauty lies in the hidden layers, the ones that can’t be seen from afar. As visitors move through the installation, they can discover details and see them from different perspectives. Personal associations are woven into the experience as the first impression slowly changes.    

Objects and sculptures - mixed media

SEE YOU AGAIN FOR THE

FIRST TIME, NEXT TIME -

COLLAGING BEIRUT

© Nadja Schlenker 2020