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Life goes on despite trash taking over the city!

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Beirut is amazing! Despite its tiny size, galleries and art spaces keep mushrooming left right and center. The latest addition will be the Aishti Foundation designed by David Adjave.
Aishti launched a #aishtibythesea competition to promote it. I immediately jumped to the occasion and decided to collaborate with the very talented Blanca Matragi by creating these  photomontages. I took inspiration from Beirut , from Aishti’s campaign and from  my last visit to the beirut national  museum . The first submission is very playful and as the inspiration is about the sea i chose phoenician artifacts. I also used a photo of soap bubbles taken at the science museum in London. For those who have kids this is a show not to be missed! The second is inspired by the lovely lebanese spirit of positivity and resilience especially during difficult times including the present trash crisis. Lebanese are keeping their fingers crossed for politicians to come to an agreement to solve the issue. The whole country is threatened to disappear under loads of trash including the beautiful architecture designed by David Adjave!! The third was my Gatekeeper!

IF you want my frank opinion we should have won! But one never knows what goes inside the brains of jury members.

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The Gatekeepers

The gatekeepers

Roula Sorour , The Gatekeepers, Dyassec mounted print,  283x76cm

In a period of enviromental crisis. one might, at first sight, think this work is about the environment, pollution and our oceans , the disruption of the natural cycle in nature …

However I only drew my inspiration from the power of nature in order to approach a more insidious form of power , that of the gatekeepers and their tremendous control of the world we live in.

From Cerber to the modern age ones, gatekeepers have always existed, and are everywhere censoring scientists journalists and even artists for saying an inconveniant truth.
They come in different shapes forms and colors,can be visible or transparent , and keep evolving! They belong to different worlds from the digital algorithmical editing of the web ( Eli Pariser’s ted talk)  to the cultural and everything in between .

Like sharks they decide who/what  is to be made visible or to disappear…