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Community, empathy and solidarity have been on our mind at this time. As a small gesture in this direction we share our space and present Marfa Projects Beirut with the artist Vartan Avakian, the artist Faiza Hassan and the Nepal Picture Library with Juju Bhai Dhakhwa.
These drawings are a part of Faiza’s documentation of home and belonging, and the stories that constitute these. She imagines them to form, at some point, an anthology of sorts. Particularly since the emergence of the NRC and CAA, this has become an obsession— to document and manufacture evidence of home and belonging in a way that all her kagaz never could.
Faiza Hasan acquired her M.F.A from the University of Hyderabad in 2014. She was a curator for the Students’ Biennale (2014, 2016 editions) at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Faiza is currently the Education Co-ordinator at Kochi Biennale Foundation, and lives and works between Hyderabad and Fort Kochi
In Composition with a Recurring Sound, the sound of a river flows through a sculptural piece of repeated forms. The sculpture captures and makes palpable, so to speak, the movement of materials in the river, which includes water, biological life, industrial waste and other pollutants formed in its environmental surroundings. This flow creates a discreet almost inaudible resonance, that can be tactually felt on the sculpture. The sound of flowing water played through copper tubes are left to reverberate in a closed circuit of repetitive forms indefinitely.
Vartan Avakian, b. 1977, Byblos, Lebanon, is an artist based in Beirut. He works with video, photography, installation and natural material. He is a founding member of the art collective Atfal Ahdath and a member of the Arab Image Foundation.
Marfa’ Projects was founded by Joumana Asseily in 2015. The gallery is located near the customs house in the Marfa’ neighbourhood, which means port in Arabic.
Juju Bhai Dhakhwa Box
This box contains 10 archival prints from the Juju Bhai Dhakhwa Collection in Nepal Picture Library. Dhakhwa was a photographer by passion. Through an endearingly personal lens, he invites us to get to know his community in Nagbahal, a neighborhood tucked into the deep historic folds of the city of Patan. His propensity for experimentation and documentation of his own life and lives around him provides a record of the transformation of his community as shaped by the political and economic transformations of Nepal in the 60s and 70s.
Nepal Picture Library (NPL) archive initiates active public engagement with its collections by producing exhibitions, books, curriculum, seminars and research fellowships. NPL exists within photo circle, a small artist-led institution that supports photographers and other visual practitioners in Nepal, and hosts the biannual festival Photo Kathmandu.