Janine El Khawand is a cultural organizer, illustrator, educator & activist based in Beirut, Lebanon. She is the co-founder of Space27- a feminist artist-run space & collaborative work studio that aims to challenge who gets to have a voice in the art world, working towards a more diverse and inclusive art scene.
View From Above
mixed-media, video installation, performance
September 19-20, 2015
Opening Reception: September 19th, 6-9 pm
Open Hours: Sunday September 20th 2-6 pm
The exhibition presents works dealing with the aerial perspectives of a landscape. One approach is to find new ways of transforming and rethinking the all-inclusive view from above created by a drone camera. A mixed-media installation appears as a ruptured landscape, which doesn’t offer any geographical data or orientation but turns into surreal and disorienting tableau. Similar interest of displacing the drone technology motivates video projections, showing a vision of a drone’s camera creating sublime spaces in the border between virtual and real. Other works consider the aerial perspective in regards to the physical reconstruction of waterways, and its impact on territory lines.
For this exhibition, the artist presents a multimedia installation which also functions as living stage for performances. Diffraction of light passes through a shallow water basin and layers of acrylic mirror to unearth an abstract moving photomontage cast as a reflection onto the wall. The light reflection reveals the process of environmental degradation, land reclamation, and shifting boundaries, thus metaphorically holding more weight than the physical material distorted by the artist. The result is a phantasmagoric experience, leaving those suspended in time with a “view from above” to contemplate how humans interact with the earth’s surface.