War Tree

(Variation on an interpretation of War)

Variation on an interpretation of war - image 1
Variation on an interpretation of war - image 2
Variation on an interpretation of war - image 3
Variation on an interpretation of war - image 4
Variation on an interpretation of war - image 5

This project started in a bathroom and ended in a tree. 


Born from a project about space and environment, I had focused on bathrooms as one of my favourite spaces, because during the (Lebanese) war, this was the safest place to hide in, hence my love story with the bathroom. That it degenerated into a project about war comes as no surprise, I let the river flow and there it went – so to speak. 

The tree represents an unfolding, an amalgam of feelings and imagination, of hope and despair. Growth mingled with destruction, the vicious cycle that never seems to end when dreams dive through blood and nightmares, and only ever accept to resurface as flowers that give birth to more dreams…

The project consisted of 2 parts, the sequence of images above, and a second sequence of text and images, originally presented as double sided postcards, each containing one sentence, hanging from a ceiling in no particular order. Although there is a specific order to the sentences, they were written in such a way as to also mean or suggest something when read in isolation.

The slideshow below presents the full sequence. 

Image 1 WAR DSC_1213
Image 2 WAR DSC_1214
Image 3  WAR DSC_1215
Image 4 WAR DSC_1216
Image 5 WAR DSC_1217
Image 6 WAR DSC_1218
Image 7 WAR DSC_1219
Image 8 WAR DSC_1220
Image 9 WAR DSC_1221
Image 10 WAR DSC_1222
Image 11 WAR DSC_1223
Image 12 WAR DSC_1224
Image 13 WAR DSC_1225
Image 14 WAR DSC_1226
Image 15 WAR DSC_1227
Image 16 WAR DSC_1228
Image 17  WAR DSC_1229
Image 18 WAR DSC_1230
Image 19 WAR DSC_1231
Image 20 WAR DSC_1232
Image 21 WAR DSC_1233
Image 22 WAR DSC_1234
Image 23 WAR DSC_1235
Image 24 WAR DSC_1236
Image 25 WAR DSC_1237
Image 26 WAR DSC_1238
Image 27 WAR DSC_1239
Image 28 WAR DSC_1240
Image 29 WAR DSC_1241
Image 30 WAR DSC_1242
Image 31 WAR DSC_1243
Image 32 WARDSC_1244
Image 33 WAR DSC_1245
Image 34 WAR DSC_1246
Image 35 WAR DSC_1247
Image 36 WAR DSC_1248
Image 37 WAR DSC_1249
Image 38 WAR DSC_1250
Image 39 WAR DSC_1251
Image 40 WAR DSC_1252
Image 41 WAR DSC_1253
Image 42 WAR DSC_1254
Image 43 WAR DSC_1255
Image 44 WAR DSC_1256
Image 45 WAR DSC_1257
Image 46 WAR DSC_1258
Image 47 WAR DSC_1259
Image 48 WAR DSC_1260
Image 49 WAR DSC_1261
Image 50 WAR DSC_1262

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