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Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

Gregory Buchakjian

Overview

Over the past 150 years, Beirut has witnessed a cycle of unbridled growth, war, economic and social crises and migratory movements. It is in this territory ceaselessly destroyed and rebuilt, broken and regenerated, that Gregory Buchakjian has undertaken an artistic project and a research devoted to abandoned dwellings. Disclosing the survey of 744 buildings, the collection of archives and testimonies, a PhD thesis and the creation of photographic tableaux with the subjects surrounded by sagging furniture and mounds of rubbish, the process that constitutes the present book proposes new perspectives towards the city as well as instruments to reclaim it at times it is confronted with various forms of violence.

About the Artist

Gregory Buchakjian

Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian and visual interdisciplinary artist, Université Paris IV Sorbonne PhD, acting director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts – Alba. His visual work emerged in the aftermath of the 2006 war with the series Nighthawks. Since then, he focused on city and history with publications such as Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Kaph Books: 2017), Traversées Photographiques. Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Arab Image Foundation: 2017) and his contributions to On Photography in Lebanon: Essays and Stories (Kaph Books, 2018). In 2018, his Fragments from the Ridge Line are part of first Lebanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture while Fragments from the History of Civil Aviation in Lebanon are in the book accompanying the exhibition Cycles of Collapsing Progress. Member of the advisory committee of the Saradar Collection, he took part in juries including Sursock Museum Salon d’Automne (2009), Boghossian Prize (2012), Beirut Art Center’s Exposure (2013) and Beirut Art Residency (2017).

About the Authors

Gregory Buchakjian

Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian and visual interdisciplinary artist, Université Paris IV Sorbonne PhD, acting director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts – Alba. His visual work emerged in the aftermath of the 2006 war with the series Nighthawks. Since then, he focused on city and history with publications such as Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Kaph Books: 2017), Traversées Photographiques. Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Arab Image Foundation: 2017) and his contributions to On Photography in Lebanon: Essays and Stories (Kaph Books, 2018). In 2018, his Fragments from the Ridge Line are part of first Lebanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture while Fragments from the History of Civil Aviation in Lebanon are in the book accompanying the exhibition Cycles of Collapsing Progress. Member of the advisory committee of the Saradar Collection, he took part in juries including Sursock Museum Salon d’Automne (2009), Boghossian Prize (2012), Beirut Art Center’s Exposure (2013) and Beirut Art Residency (2017).

Valérie Cachard

Née à Beyrouth en 1979, Valérie Cachard est de formation littéraire et journalistique. Chargée de cours à l’USJ et à l’ALB,A elle anime des ateliers d’écriture et de théâtre. Lauréate du Prix du Jeune Écrivain Francophone et du prix Etel Adnan Award for women playrights, elle bénéficie d’une résidence d’écriture au Théâtre du Tarmac en 2010. Elle est l'auteure de récits - Déviations et autres détours - (Tamyras, 2016) et de pièces de théâtre - Matriochka – (Antoine, 2015) ainsi que d'écrits accompagnant des travaux artistiques - Nos âmes en chantier avec Saïd Baalbaki et "Géographie du printemps" avec François Sargologo. Elle a édité “Habitats Abandonnés. Une histoire de Beyrouth”, de Gregory Buchakjian avec qui elle a également produit une performance filmée intitulée Archives.

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Language:
English or French
Format:
Hardcover, Fabric Cover
Dimensions:
24x29cm
Weight:
1340g
ISBN:
9786148035111
Number of Pages:
240
Publisher:
Kaph Books
Categories:
The Arts

Related Events

Book launch

ABANDONED DWELLINGS: A HISTORY OF BEIRUT / GREGORY BUCHAKJIAN

Sursock Museum