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Lebanon-based French art restorer Fanny Seller has collaborated with Lebanese author Hyam Yared to bring new meanings to notions of migration and identity, thus contemporary reality.The fruit of Seller and Yared's collaboration is now on display at the French Cultural Center's Espace Montaigne. Yared's voice immerses viewers in a trance-like state in which, as she puts it, "our tears are our weights," and where "happiness is promised to the ones with sewn eyes". The territory referred to in the piece's title may not be the one where we live, but the one we cherish in private.Seller and Yared's collaboration is less an ode to women than it is a study of how the body is both witness to and proof of our society.To find this, you must – as this exhibition does – strip away the background and context of each work. Bereft of any information about what could have happened to the figures Seller and Yared depict here, and where, viewers are meant to be able to identify with them more readily.
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