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This "Brief History" is also laid out as a wall installation in Joreige's show, 15 A4 sheets hung adjacent the 2017 series "Ouzai: Cartography of a Transformation". According to Marfa's exhibition guide, the series' four landscape-shaped images have been derived from six maps of the territory – five from the Lebanese military, dating 1956-95, and a 2017 image from Zoom Earth.Gazing at Joreige's cartographic series, the first impression isn't one of simple reproduction but of precisely the sort of photo-realism Nasser describes.The work in "The River" and "Ouzai" follows the same research-based practice driving "Mathaf" – mingling documentary photos and data with original pieces the research inspired.Both "The River" and "Ouzai" are based on research-based narratives – stacked near the door, "A Brief History of Ouzai" is the first piece you see upon entering Marfa', the 20-minute 2016 video "After the River" is the last.The series "The River," 2015-17, takes the form of 11 portrait-shaped paper works that aestheticize the course of the Beirut River. "Coastline 1,2,3,4," 2017, deploy the same media to the mutable landscape-shaped images that inform the photo-realist "Ouzai: Cartography".
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