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Lawrence Abu Hamdan's "Language Gulf in the Shouting Valley" (2013) is rooted on what may be the Golan Heights' best-known cultural activity.Intermittently a generous screen flashes to life with the video component of this sound work – shaky hand-held camera shots from the Shouting Valley – but the main body of the work issues from two small wall-mounted speakers."Language Gulf" is one of 24 works now on show in "Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks," the exhibition component of Meeting Points 7, the transnational contemporary art road show, up at the Beirut Art Center.Abu Hamdan's politically grounded installation art is more sophisticated than it appears. Like many audiovisual shows, "Ten Thousand Wiles" is a noisy beast.Dejan Krsic) have set the three loudest works on the same side of the BAC's gallery, a few distracting meters from one another.Another of the noisier works on show, Simone Fattal's 46-minute video "Autoportrait," 2012, looks like a shard of Lebanese modernism adrift in a sea of the contemporary.As a piece of self-documentation, however, the work offers an interesting counterpoint to the other works on show.
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