Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs

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  • Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs

  • Artist: Walid Ra ad
  • Year: 1996
  • Duration: 16:54
  • Country: United States
  • A three-part video project that investigates the possibilities and limits of writing a history of the Lebanese civil wars (1975-1991). Each part is a fake documentary, hysterical symptoms of sorts, that present imaginary events constructed out of innocent and everyday material. Part I, MISSING LEBANESE WARS, depicts events inspired by the dairies of Zainub Fakhouri, wife of Dr. Fadl Fakhouri, the foremost historian of the Lebanese civil wars. Part II, SECRETS OF THE OPEN SEA is inspired by the reasearcg conducted by a Lebanese institute on a number of large blue photographic prints found in the intelligence headquarters of militias that had been active during the Lebanese civil wars. Part III, MIRACULOUS BEGINNINGS concentrates on a bizarre roll of film found among the papers of Lebanon s late President Elia Sarkis.

  • Accession #: 2183
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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