This Is Not Beirut: There Was And There Was Not

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  • This Is Not Beirut: There Was And There Was Not

  • Artist: Jayce Salloum
  • Year: 1994
  • Duration: 48:00
  • Country: Lebanon
  • This video looks at the media representation of war-torn Beirut from two different perspectives. It is both an examination of the West's appropriation of representions of Lebanon and Beirut, and of the artist's own intervention into this media as a foreign born Lebanese with his own complex cultural baggage. With his usual deconstructive edge, Salloum turns assumptions about identity and culture inside out. A useful resource for communications and political science students, as well as art video audiences in general.

    Jayce Salloum has been working in installation, photography, mixed media and video since 1975. Salloum is known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Syrian (now a part of Lebanon) immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States. Central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and cultural identity. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, his work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

  • Accession #: 2007
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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