Abdul Rahman Katanani in Dar El-nimer for arts and culture
Abdul Rahman Katanani presents « the wave » at exhibition Sea of stories in Beirut.
Opening Wednesday 5 october 2016
Dar El-nimer for arts and culture, Villa Salem America Street Clemenceau, Beirut, Liban
The sea looms large in the language of our imaginations, a site of reflection, voyage, and volatile freedom. It exists as both surface and metaphor. Through it dreams are dreamt, journeys are set forth, and the horizon of life begins to blurt and widen. But the sea opens itself to both naval commander and refugee; it is the means of both conquest and escape. Today we face the sea in an era of occupations, wars, massacres, and mass displacement. Those who have taken to the sea in flight have been met with a second set of dangers: live bullets in Gaza, drowning in the Mediterranean. The sea that shimmers with possibility becomes a site of horror. And so the wave seems to blur into the very tools of these human-made borders: barbed wire.