Presented as part of “Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center,” organized by guest curators Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige.

“Closer” is a video program that features works from the last decade drawn from personal and intimate stories, creating a space to reflect on experiences both common and unique, familiar and without precedent, public and intensely private.

The program is divided into three parts. The first part presents videos that explore new narrative forms with the city of Beirut as the main setting. The second part focuses on works that use photographs as a base for narration, hence reflecting on the relation between still and moving images. The third part features works specifically based on personal archive material, audio, and VHS tapes that are all related to the Lebanese wars.

All these works shake our notions of reality by fictionalizing intimate stories and/or situating the artist as the subject/object of the work itself.


Akram Zaatari Red Chewing Gum, 2000
Arabic with English subtitles, 10 min

Wael Noureddine, Ca Sera Beau – From Beirut with Love, 2005
Arabic & French with English subtitles, 29 min

Lamia Joreige, Nights and Days, 2007
English, 17 min


Mireille Astore, Not From Here, 2006
Silent, 1 min 30 sec

Ghassan Salhab, Narcisse Perdu, 2004
Silent, 15 min

Nadim Asfar, Print 1, 2007
English, 15 min
Fouad Elkoury, Lettres à Francine, 2002
English with French subtitles, 43 min


Rabih Mroué, Face A – Face B, 2003
Arabic with English subtitles, 10 min

Anna Ogden-Smith
The Dream (1989/2008), 2008
Arabic with English subtitles, 2 min 10 sec
The Lie (1994), 2008
Arabic with English subtitles, 2 min 40 sec

Ahmad Ghossein, My Father is Still a Communist, Intimate Secrets to be Published, 2011
Arabic with English Subtitles, 32 min

Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

Saturday, December 17, 2011 | 3:00 PM

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