If I only had a chance

Marwan Rechmaoui

Rechmaoui’s reproduction of the Experimental Theater, the most famous structure in the Fair, allows the edifice to become a sculpture. With the material of resin, the architecture inside the dome becomes visible. Working on the subject of public spaces and landmark architecture in Beirut for many years, Rechmaoui pursues his practice outside the capital. As the only closed edifice within the Fair in Tripoli, his installation unveils the structure of the dome by opening it to the public. This transparency (or lack thereof) is one of the reasons for the current state of the Fair and Lebanon in general, which is permanent status quo. Public sapces in Lebanon are scarce, and the Fair is perhaps the only ideal one in Lebanon, and yet like many other public spaces in the country, it remains closed.

Date: 2018
Location: Rachid Karame International Fair
Medium: Sculpture
Material: Non-shrinking grout, resin
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Site-specific intervention
Framework: Cycles of Collapsing Progress
Authorizations: Municipality of Tripoly
Commissioner: BeMA and Studio CurArt