Of Heroes, Football and All That Remains of My Childhood – Video Performance by Lynn Kodeih
In “Of Heroes, Football and All That Remains of My Childhood”, Lynn Kodeih revisits the visual culture of the Arab 1980’s generation, discussing the “im-possible revolution” in Lebanon.
By appropriating and manipulating various materials such as drawings, publications, and excerpts from children TV shows (Télé Liban’s Aalam al Sighar, Japanese animés e.g. Grendizer and Al-Rajol al Hadidiy or Dinosaur War Aizenborg, etc.), the work explores the political experience of several Lebanese individuals.
Through collecting and maneuvering parts of their stories, Kodeih examines the almost-cliché concepts of belonging, heroism, enmity, resistance, martyrdom and liberation. The result is a poetic visual essay about a country torn by hope and impossibility.
Born in Lebanon in 1982, Lynn Kodeih lives and works in Beirut.
With a background in theater and literature, her work deviates from performance to video and installation, where she collects, appropriates and manipulates traces, texts and images.
Since 2008, she has been working on issues related to personal history, loss, disappearance and reappearance of elements through the stratification of space and time. The resulting works reflect on the possible ways of narration and testimony, exploring the parole and the ability of words to generate images.
In 2012, she commenced her research-based project Deus Ex Machina starting from stories of supreme violence taking place in the Syrian revolution-war. In a suite of video tableaux hovering between the conceptual and the poetic, failing to translate the rupture in time, the work almost dissolves, becomes ethereal. Obsessed by the urgency and at the same time, the almost impossibility of art after the death of humanism, she has been trying to understand if and how the artistic creation is still possible today.
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Venue: Beirut Art Center – Lebanon
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