In the Memory of the Ones Who Won't Make it by Jacques Vartabedian
April 19, 2018 - May 10, 2018
Mark Hachem Gallery - Beirut
For the last few months, it has become a part of our daily routine to watch or hear of things related to political campaigns, constantly seeing billboards filled with faces we have come to know, some of which are new, and some of which have been ruling for a decade or two now.
To Jacques, this exhibition examines the presence of the politicians’ portraits in our daily lives. It questions the circulation of those images and the response of the public to these visual impressions. By highlighting the complex inter relationships between the individual and the represented images and other socio- historical/political factors, he is also highlighting the contradictory perceptions of freedom.
Throughout some of the works, Jacques reconstructs the destiny of these political election posters after the elections are done and gone. The ones who won’t make it are erased, ripped off the wall and forgotten, until the next campaigns are in order of course. But the ones who did make it will be implemented in our daily lives once more.