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"How can an artwork give voice to those buried beneath archival files?" This is one of the questions posed in "En Mal d'Archive," the exhibition up at Station Beirut.Organized as part of the Syrian Oral History Archive in collaboration with Studio Khaled Barakeh and the Dawlaty Institute, the show exhibits work by four Syrian artists, created from Syrian refugee testimonials in Lebanon and Syria.The exhibition also includes seven works by international artists, whose practice focuses on archives. Struck by the vast number of testimonies given by "ordinary" Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Syria, Barakeh began working toward an exhibition that would utilize the archives, making public stories that are often lost or forgotten.Each of the four commissioned Syrian artists offers a completely different take on these archives.Omran takes extracts from various testimonies and interprets them as one long painting that the artist describes as "the Syrian apocalypse".Bereft of figures, each work portrays beautifully rendered still life images accompanied by an archived quotation.Among the most jarring of the works is "From a Distance," by Iraqi artist Behjat Omer Abdulla, inspired by the heart-wrenching story of a woman who journeyed across the Mediterranean to flee her war-torn homeland, only to lose both her twin sons en route.
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