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Visitors to the Marfa' Projects space these days are met with a good deal of work inspired by the published word.are most recent works in Avakian's "Composition with a Recurring Sound," first shown here in 2016, during "Esma" (Listen), the Beirut Art Center's sound-referencing group expo.The media are different but the show's two species of work are unified by a common narrative.The only precious objects the water endangered were books.Most of the works in "Seen and Unseen" are concerned with showing that layer of incidental inscription that makes individual books unique alongside other copies of the same book. Like some recent treatments of archival photography, the works in "Seen and Unseen" are interested in the materiality of cultural artifacts.The icons aren't simple photos or Xerox copies.If early photos stayed for 30 seconds, photos today remain for 100-150 years before darkening.An overexposed photo may have lost representational value, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have proof of presence.
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