Friday, January 27, 2017

Marjan Shatila - taking a walk through a Beirut that never was

Video still from Marjan Shatila
Marjan Shatila has been posting criptic short videos on her instagram account and they are a beauty to behold. Far the "perfect" memory of Beirut everyone paddles and wishes for in the Millenial generation, there is a very haunting element in Shatila's works, a sort of impending doom, a premonition of the ugliness to come. Her works are based on archival images, and yes, I love the way her characters are drawn and how the animation is far from perfect as it challenges notions of beauty. The still image is from the video which can be seen here.

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