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“Waterfront”, an exhibition by Hala Younes

Type: Local
 
Subject: Photography
 
Start Date: January 26, 2012 At 12:00
 
End Date: February 26, 2012
 
City: Beirut
 
Country: Lebanon
 
Address: The HANGAR/UMAM D&R, Haret Hreik, Ghobeiry blvd. next to Al Mahdy Mosque
 

The sound and video installation by Hala Younes, investigates the future of Beirut’s new waterfront and its relationship to the city. Unlike Beirut’s Zeytouna Bay, packed with trendy restaurants, with no more place for urban wandering, the two-kilometer seawall reinforcing the ‘Normandy’ landfill is a no man’s land, secluded from the city, waiting for the settlement of new urban practices. The installation explores this terra incognita, a complex machine springing up from the sea and the imagination of the hydraulic engineers. This performing device traps the waves, producing strange noises that sound to our ears like the recollection of a missing Atlantis, lost memories of a sunken city: the overlapping memories of the passersby as the last remains of an impossible history.

Hala Younes’s exhibition, displayed at The HANGAR (an UMAM D&R project) from January 26th to February 26th is in line with UMAM’s mission to reflect on urban history through creative interpretations of archives.
Hala Younes graduated as Architect DPLG (Paris, 1993) and obtained a master in Geography and Planning (University of Paris IV, 1997). She has since led an architecture practice in Paris and Beirut where she co-signed significant buildings such as the Hilton Hotel on Beirut’s waterfront in 2007 and the Human Science Building on Villejean campus in Rennes France in 2011. She taught architecture and urban planning at the School of Architecture ‘Ville et Territories’ in Paris, as well as the American University of Beirut. Her approach carefully attends to the landscape and history of the sites she works with, which ground and legitimize her design projects.

 

For more information

 
URL www.thehangar-umam.org/index.php/project/23/5/2
 

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