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We cyclically mourn the disappearance/demolition of our cities as if it’s something new. We strive to maintain our cities. We fight for them. We revolt. We draw borders. We break them. Our entire lives become shadows of fights that are both legendary and futile: our intentions noble, and our struggles mundane. We strive to save our cities, assuming they once were shelters for our wilting dreams. We want to freeze their geographies in time, assuming smiles in picture frames will follow. We are selfish. We want to maintain our privacies by sustaining the world outside. We want to fuck in private, in a public discourse that allows for us to fuck in private. Outside shells inside, instead of inside constructing out. We strive to maintain our cities. We shout, shoot, and die for them. We die for the outside so others can quietly fuck inside. As we cyclically mourn the disappearance/demolition of our cities, did we miss the possibility of the exercise of our most private moments becoming the bricks and mortar of the appearance/construction of our cities to come? Who shuts who up? What censors what? This is a story of the city mourning the disappearance/demolition of its people and the compass of their fights. (Roy Dib)

Roy Dib, born in 1983 in Lebanon, is an artist that works and lives in Beirut. He has presented works at venues and events such as Video Works, Beirut (2011), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Home Workspace Program -2012, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, and the 18th edition of Videobrasil, São Paulo (2013). His film Mondial 2010 (2014) was part of the Forum Expanded 2014 and won the Teddy Award for Best Short Film.

Contact: www.roydib.com
: 3-channel video installation, QuickTime ProRes, Black/White
Running time: 9 min
Language: Arabic

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