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Restaged here at Istanbul's SALT Beyoglu, the work's text provides a screen upon which is projected Mroue's five-minute video work "With Soul, With Blood" (2003-6), which also takes its title from a chant common to mass gatherings in the Arab world.The indistinct black-and-white footage documents a mass demonstration while the artist's voice converses with itself about which one of the smudged faces crowded within the frame is his own. The Lebanese artist's eponymous exhibition is a sprawling thing, situated in two galleries of the Turkish non-profit outfit – SALT Galata and SALT Beyoglu.Entering the exhibition clockwise, the first piece after "Al-Shaab Yurid"/ "With Soul, With Blood" is "Penalty" (2013, a 2.5-minute video installation that combines heavily pixilated smears of movement with a first-person narrative penned by writer Bilal Khbeiz.It consists of a stomach-height table upon which are arranged an orderly row of seven flipbooks – an old-fashioned child's picture book, each page of which is one frame of a brief film, that used to divert kids for whom moving images were a rarity."Rabih Mroue" is up at SALT Beyoglu and SALT Galata until July 27 .
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