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"Drum" is one of three films that comprise Voignier's exhibition "International Tourism," now up in upstairs gallery of Beirut Art Center.Here Voignier uses film as a tool to interrogate the workings of contemporary narrative. Projected on the gallery's main screen, the show's principal work is Voignier's 48-minute 2014 work "International Tourism".Sequences of foreign tourists being led through state museums (culminating at the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities) and shown around public monuments, where tourists sometimes challenged their guides' state-sanctioned narratives, are interspersed among banal vistas of traffic cops and the light stream of cars and trucks they manage.All three films channel their narratives through various media – the international press corps, a French hunter's coffee table book, the institutions the North Korean state has erected depict its history – suggesting "International Tourism" is less interested in events or figures than their mediation. Absence is a feature that unifies these three films.
Zineb Sedira’s reflections on place, people, Algeria
An evening spent beyond Beirut
Sketches of the Civil War disappeared
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