Marwan Rechmaoui

Spectre (The Yacoubian Building, Beirut) (detail)

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Marwan Rechmaoui
Spectre (The Yacoubian Building, Beirut) (detail)
2006
Non-shrinking grout, aluminium, glass, fabric

Spectre (The Yacoubian Building, Beirut) is an exact replica of Rechmaoui’s former apartment building. The building was evacuated in 2006 during the military conflict with Israel, and is presented as eerily vacant, signifying the abrupt end of its use and the abandoned lives of its inhabitants. Made from concrete and glass, held together by grout and thin wooden strips, the structure subtly buckles and warps in a precarious balance. Details such as shop front signs and colourful house-proud doors barred behind security screens point to a once vibrant community and its deterioration, evidencing the cultural, political and economic shifts that transform locality and mark an increasingly unstable and anxious relationship to place.

     
 


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