Art, Ecology and the Commons
Watch a selection of moving image works about ecological issues curated by TAP (Temporary Art Platform). The films screen in December and are screened as part of our monthly film programme in The Living Room (Al-Madafeh) in the exhibition Stateless Heritage by DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti.
From the disastrous impacts of the present Lebanese chaos to suffering territories in the Global South, this moving image programme aims to sensitise us to threatened ecosystems, and explore togetherness as resilience.
- The Line (Mustapha Jundi, 2013, 3.5 minutes) observes the urban border, river and highway of Beirut River. We are offered glimpses of daily life along this ribbon of water and concrete.
- Dreamland (Fadi Mansour, 2017, 13 min) opens a critical narrative on the refuse crisis in Lebanon and its impact on water and soils.
- Land of Friends (Carolina Caycedo, 2014, 38 min) is filmed in Colombia alongside the ‘Yuma’ (Magdalena River) and the collective territory ‘La Jagua’.
- Pawòl sé van (words are wind) (Minia Biabiany, 2020, 13 min) is a video poem which brings together different voices to discuss land reclamation and resource extraction.
- INTHEMOUNTAINS (Giorgio Orbi, 2018, 26 min) pays tribute to the collective memory of underground dance music and the ever-metamorphosing alpine landscapes against a soundscape of Radio Cortina’s broadcasts.
- #crisisbillboards (Randa Mirza, 2021, 5 min) witnesses the deepening crisis in Lebanon through observing the billboards which stand decaying amidst the country’s collapse.
TAP (Temporary Art Platform) is a nonprofit organisation committed to making another world possible, by affecting social change through contemporary art. TAP was founded by curator Amanda Abi Khalil. It is based in Lebanon and France, and its interventions take place internationally. More about TAP
Mustapha Jundi is an architect, artist, and PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work encompasses design, visual culture, and geography. His doctoral research investigates borders and extraction in the context of Lebanon.
Fadi Mansour is an architect and filmmaker based between Beirut and Paris. He has won awards in his work on alternative housing. His writing and films have been published and screened internationally. A participant of La Femis Atelier Scenario, Paris, he is working on his first feature film.
Carolina Caycedo is a London-born Colombian multidisciplinary artist known for her performances, videos, artist’s books, sculptures, and installations that examine environmental and social issues. She participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right.
Minia Biabiany is an artist living in Guadeloupe. Her work observes how the inner perception of the body is entangled with the perception of territory, land and history. Biabiany initiated the artistic and pedagogical collective project Semillero Caribe in Mexico City.
Giorgio Orbi is a mountain lover, living and working between Milan and Marsala. Through different media, his work often deals with the concept of the mountain as a natural and a cultural “presence”. Orbi’s artworks are concerned with the transformation of landscape and the evolutionary dialogue of art genres.
Randa Mirza is an artist who works mainly with photography, video and audiovisual performances. Her work questions the nature of images, their social and political uses by deconstructing the photographic image to reveal the discourses and border between fiction and reality in representation.
1. Mustapha Jundi, The Line (Still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Fadi Mansour, Dreamland (Still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
3. Carolina Caycedo, Land of Friends (Still), 2014. Courtesy of the artist.
4. Minia Biabiany, pawòl sé van [words are wind] (Still), 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
5. Giorgio Orbi, INTHEMOUNTAINS (Still), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
6. Randa Mirza, #crisisbillboards (Still), 2021. Courtesy of the artist.