Adrián Villar Rojas
Five oil on canvas paintings by Rasheed Araeen
Marwan Rechmaoui has meticulously sculpted a flattened floor map of Beirut in the form of a puzzle composed of 60 thick rubber pieces that correspond to the city’s 60 distinct quarters.
This project proposes possible reconciliations between the task of the archaeologist and that of the poet, between modern images and ancient texts.
The video brings us closer to actions that are usually heard but not seen, revealing a performance in contrast to its religious connotations: the bell ringers’ violent, abrupt, repetitive and physically dangerous efforts seem almost like a pagan ritual carried out in a trance.