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Khaddaje's self-portrait is a spectacle of deranged two-dimensional imagery, projected in multiple dimensions on white drapery screens.Born in 1938, Khaddaje was among civil wartime Lebanon's more influential artists.Writing on Khaddaje's work in the Clemenceau space, veteran dramaturge Roger Assaf remarked that it is a mise-en-scene of the artist's own death, of art denouncing itself.After his Dawar al-SHAMS show, the draped screens now blank and silent, Khaddaje sits in the theater to speak about the space he wants to create into which the audience would be instantly thrown, forced to experience the strict present tense. Replicating the form of this onstage figure are the silhouettes of audience members sitting in front – dozens of heads fixated on the screen, intent and oblivious.A notoriously reluctant speaker, Khaddaje regards witnessing to be a form of participation.Occasionally, Khaddaje's onstage form steps out from slits between the screens.
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