“Beirut_night”, installation consisting out of a projected video, found concrete, found asphalt, a palm leaf, 2015

This piece was made at the end of a weeklong stay in Beiroet. Th last day of my visit, we had an exhibition at Villa Fleming. Wanting to translate my expressions of the city, I’ve collected different materials and objects during my walks. The two things that striked me the most, were both light-related.

One was the city view at night. Because of the social and economic inequality, the Armenian district wasn’t provided with a power network or running water. Th generators which the inhabitants use for providing electricity broke down a lot, resulting in a flckering view of the mountain side. Having seen this, I went to the Armenian district and sought for reflctive materials which I could use for recreating the view.

The other setting that captured my attention, was the city center at a rainy, but hot, Saturday night. Light advertisements and neon signs reflcted into the wet asphalt and the palm trees. It was very chaotic, harsh, lively and energetic. For the rest of the week, I’ve searched for pieces of asphalt, shot down pieces of concrete, broken street tiles and palm leafs

- Karolien Chromiak - Beirut_night, 2015, detail (photo by We Document Art)
Beirut_night, 2015, detail (photo by We Document Art)
- Karolien Chromiak - Beirut_night, 2015, detail:filmstill
Beirut_night, 2015, detail:filmstill
- Karolien Chromiak - Beirut_night, 2015 (photo by We Document Art)
Beirut_night, 2015 (photo by We Document Art)