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Shot in 1999, Hage's series of four monochrome photos capture a decaying bloom whose crisp petals resemble desiccated labia, their frills and whorls now brittle, their surface pitted and sandy-looking.The photographer captures the flower in extreme close-up, set against a black background. "Nine Shades of Black," the collective exhibition at Galerie Tanit-Beyrouth where Hage's works currently hang, is an exercise in color – or lack of it. The show aims to celebrate creative uses of the shade so many artists have deemed not to be a color. Hage's still-life explorations of death are the most effective in revisiting monochrome in an inventive, unusual and undeniably effective way, along with his four portraits. For a century, photographers have captured the world using black-and-white film, conveying a colorful reality in various shades of gray. In "Anonymes," Hage photographs his subjects in low lighting against a black backdrop, abandoning black-and-white in favor of gray-on-black. In keeping with Hage's photographs are Nadim Asfar's "Nocturnes No. 1-8 ".
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