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Art historian Gregory Buchakjian has been hunting down abandoned and forgotten houses in Beirut for almost a decade.The show up at Sursock Museum's Twin Galleries features Buchakjian's photos, the stories behind the structures and endless researched details creating a comprehensive database of buildings erected from the pre-independence period to the late '90s.A short video by Malek Hosni is also projected there, created to display the hundreds of documents and object found in the houses. Filmed in a rented studio, Hosni and Buchakjian spread the objects on the ground, taking the time to read parts of letters or newspaper clippings. A directory book with all dates, locations, plot numbers, people spoken to/encountered at the houses is on show. The eight hung photos are part of series of shots of women wandering through the houses or posing solemnly. Locations on show include the Beau Rivage Hotel from the '80s, which was occupied by the Syrian Intelligence Service in 2005, Les Caves Du Roy nightclub at the Hotel Excelsior and the house of former Prime Minister Takieddine al-Solh the site of a grisly murder/burial in 2012 .Ironically, the cover photo taken in Pierre Gemayel's apartment put into question many of the religiously scoured documents he had collected.
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