A personal journey to the South of Lebanon raises questions regarding borders and identity to Joan Baz.
“As a result, a counting book Count to ten with: I went looking for Palestine but I found was created, retracing elements that were found along the way. When I looked for Palestine I found non-traditional patterns with new definitions, cross-stitched, stamped and embroidered in our present realities.
This book deals with the issue of borders and lines in the middle east. It retraces a personal journey through the south of Lebanon listing the common absurdities found all along the road starting from Beirut.
The format of a children’s counting book is used to highlight the satire behind the most complex conflict of our times.” J. Baz
Your borders, your identities, your patterns .
And if you want to bring back some souvenirs of your trip, you can alway pick up one of the post-cards…
“Shortly after publication, an exhibition was crafted. The intention was to recreate an experience mirroring obstructing walls found within country borders. Emotions associated with limits, passports and refusals, lost identities were reconstructed inciting curiosity to look beyond the borderline and beyond the wall. Hence, a video installation was created using footages taken during the road trip toward the south of Lebanon.” J. Baz
Moreover, you can discover the artists’ collective Waraq through post cards at Raum B.
Waraq is composed of four artists from Beirut: Joan Baz, Hussein Nakhal, David Habchy and Ashley Choukeir.