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Ghossein's show comprises a smattering of disparate images, objects and videos, with mapping and landscape photography outweighing photos of cabinets stuffed with VHS tapes.Ghossein's is the land story, one that remains timely.Ghossein is best known as a filmmaker and the centerpiece of the show is his 16-minute video "The Last Cartographer in the Republic".The short is an interview with Mohammad Adeeb Khaled, who worked at the Directorate for Geographical Affairs from 1963 to 2006 . He is the last cartographer to be employed by the one state department you'd imagine would be all about cartography.Khaled's voice-over describes the directorate's workings, how – after collating aerial photos and terrestrial surveys – various types of maps had been etched by hand, a practice eventually abandoned when satellite imaging made more precise mapping possible. The shoot's location is the Directorate for Geographical Affairs archive and the voice-over is accompanied by transparencies of aerial photos, placed in counterpoint to a set of seasoned hands using now-obsolete engraving tools to carve lines of elevation and shadow upon bright orange scribe coats – the extinct mapmaking media – depicting South Lebanon.
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