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Like other cities, Beirut polarizes opinion.The story begins with Rima heading for a walk along Raouche with his daughter and lover.Unlike Ali's 10-year-old figure, Rima's version has a full head of hair.Rima feels the Handala figure can be read to represent a disillusioned attitude toward one's own home. Rima is one of the founding members and editors of Samandal, Beirut's pioneering multilingual comic publication.The figure is meant to be Rima's father.Elsewhere in the show, Rima's "My Father & Grandfather at The Countryside," offers an alternative to what people have come to consider a typical family portrait.The mixed-media collage is from his "Family Photos" series, first published in Al-Akhbar newspaper. To construct his off-center scene, Rima used test strips of photographic paper as base, from which he cut out the two figures that appear in the print. The dismal narratives Rima concocts may be a bit too grim for those preferring lighthearted comics about Beirut.
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