From the 19th of September to the 3rd of Oct in the Haber house

Mahmoud Khaled

This installation is based on the idea of setting up a private space in a place that was used years ago as a house for the Haber family. The Haber family left this house, during the Lebanese Civil War, to be transformed into a public space. The challenge of creating a private space for the artist in a place used as a public area, offered Mahmoud Khaled a large scope of ideas, rethinking potentials, all about the question of what is private space. On September 30, the place began to take on a sense of accommodation. Now, it has curtains, a bed, a mirror, a cupboard and a carpet; and is surely clean enough to be slept in. From that day on, Khaled would remain in the house until the night of October 3rd. It is a contradictory space that visually appears as a private space, but logically seems not to be.

Date: 2005
Location: Aley
Medium: Installation
Material: N/A
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Site-specific intervention
Framework: Artists’ International Workshop: Aley
Authorizations: Municipality of Aley
Commissioner: Artist-led initiative