Lamia Joreige, still from Untitled 1997-2003, 8 minute video installation
Lamia Joreige, still from the film Object of War No. 2, 2003, 85 minute video
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Lamia Joreige (b.1972 Beirut, Lebanon) is of a generation who experienced the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1989/90) at a young age. She is associated with a post-war group of Lebanese artists which emerged during the 1990s. During this period both video art and film production had increased institutional support allowing the art-forms to develop to a level which would have been otherwise difficult during a phase of national re-construction. For Joreige, and many other film and video productions, the Civil War itself became a focal point for the exploration of memory and enquiry into how such lived experiences may be re-told – whether be they auto-biographical or biographical, actual recollections or fictitious narratives.
The exhibition features two videos from Lamia Joreige’s Objects of War series (Part Two 2003 and Part Six 2014). These works explore memory through individual testimony, in which war-time stories are retold with reference to a nominated object that became dear to each individual during the course of the War.
Fragments of autobiography are presented in Joreige’s Untitled 1997-2003, the third work in the exhibition. The implied point of view is that of artist as we see with panning shots of a cityscape. The frames fill with images of buildings laid to waste with the atmosphere becoming emotive as the scenes are overlaid with abstracted bands of colour, staggered in a slow motion and set to a sound track of sonic booms, children in the street, traffic and haunting vocals.
Lamia Joreige’s videos demonstrate a poignancy and a concern with universal issues of conflict and remembrance; these engage on the difficult task of representing the past, showing what was and how it persists, even to the point of being inexplicable.