Randa Mirza / Édition GwinZegal
Exhibition run: 13 August – 25 September 2021
Beirutopia & View From Home
Opens: Thursday, 12 August, 6−9 pm
Exhibition run: 13 August − 25 September 2021
in cooperation with Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
in the FOTOHOF library:
VISITING PUBLISHERS 2: Édition GwinZegal
Exhibition run: 13 August − 13 November 2021
FOTOHOF / Inge-Morath-Platz 1-3 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria
Opening hours: Tue−Fri 3−7 pm, Sat 11 am −3 pm
Behind the façade, the country was crumbling.
Since the end of the Lebanese civil war, Beirut has been striving to regain its splendor through a construction boom that was fueled by large inflows of foreign capital. To advertise for their buildings, real estate agencies mount huge billboards around the construction sites representing the outcome of their urban vistas; these image syntheses simulate the building, its interiors, surroundings, ghost-like dwellers and their lifestyle.
For the last decade, Randa Mirza has been photographing these virtual renderings framed within their real environment. This dichotomy and juxtaposition conjure the uncanny in these photographs. Her "Beirutopia" series reflect the transformation of Beirut city foreboding the burst of Lebanon’s economic bubble and its ongoing financial collapse.
With traffic restrictions and curfews rules installed throughout last spring to contain the Corona virus, Beirut looked like the utopic vision of these advertising announcements. "We promise, we deliver" is a recent photographic series that shows the city empty, soulless, as in a rendered poster.
Lebanon's current crisis reached its climax in the port explosion on August 4, 2020 that damaged half of Beirut and its social fabric, leaving many of its residents wounded and homeless. "View from home" is a photographic work by Jeanne et Moreau (aka Lara Tabet and Randa Mirza). The artists used binoculars to photograph the city from their home window overlooking Beirut's port. This work encompasses two time span − before and after the explosion, which emphasizes Beirut's cyclical pattern of construction and destruction.
Beirutopia is, in essence, the title of a counter-utopian situation, one that does not differentiate between illusory images and the pastiche narrative they embody. Randa Mirza’s photographs become in this sense, spaces of resistance.
Randa Mirza, *1978 in Beirut; lives and works in Marseille and Beirut.
VISITING PUBLISHERS 2:
The second edition of Visiting Publishers in the library gallery presents the publication program of Édition GwinZegal.
For about ten years, the French publishing house Édition GwinZegal has been publishing photography books. As part of the activities of the Centre D'Art GwinZegal, a center for photography in Guingamp in Brittany, three to four books are published each year: to date about fifty publications. In addition to independent monographs by, for example, Tom Wood, Stephanie Kiwitt, or Malick Sidibé.
Many book projects are produced in connection with artist residencies by national and international artists who address the rural area of Brittany, political conditions, and everyday situations of the region and translate them into artistic projects. More than 30 artists have been guests so far, often in connection with exhibition projects. Some books have been awarded prizes, such as the Prix du livre d'auteur de l'année of the festival Les Rencontres d'Arles for Ville de Calais by Henk Wildschut and the Prix du livre Paris Photo for Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber.
Exhibition in the library:
13 August - 13 November 2021
Press previews and meetings with the artists can be scheduled by appointment. Please call us on +43 662 849296 or email us at email@example.com to arrange a date.
Press Images / High Res. Downloads:
Press photos may be reproduced free of charge in conjunction with an exhibition notification or review.
Randa Mirza. The selective residence. from the series: Beirutopia (2011–2019)
Randa Mirza. Beirut is back and it is beautiful. from the series: Beirutopia (2011–2019)
Randa Mirza. A privileged building in a privileged community. from the series: Beirutopia (2011–2019)
Randa Mirza: We promise, we deliver. May 9, 2020 at 8
from the series: View from Home. Foto: Jeanne et Moreau/ Randa Mirza and Lara Tabet
From: Madeleine de Sinéty "Un Village", © Édition GwinZegal