Mireille Kassar

The Children of Uzaï, AntiNarcissus
Lebanon, France 2014

05.02. - 16.2. daily 11:00 – 21:00 Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg

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A fleeting instant on the beach of Uzaï, a suburb in southern Beirut. Kids play amongst the waves. All of it could take place somewhere else, but it is happening right here.
The Children of Uzaï, Anti-Narcissus takes as its object the glorious body of childhood and preadolescence through a musing moment, an instant that could well be eternity. Sensations are summoned, emotions seek inscription. It is a stream of images flowing into the sea, taking the form of an elegy, a hymn to life. Here, all the foreshadowed forms of death are fought. (Mireille Kassar)

Mireille Kassar, born in Lebanon in 1963, is an artist working with paintings, drawings, sound, films, writings, and installations. She holds degrees from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Her work has been presented internationally since 1996. She lives and works in Paris and Beirut.

Contact: www.agialart.com
Director of photography: Mireille Kassar
Editor: Benjamin Cataliotti Valdina
Format: single-channel video installation, QuickTime ProRes, silent
Running time: 16 min
Language: Without dialogue