HD, Colour, 14 min 25 sec

Commissioned by the Fundação
Biena de São Paulo for the 32nd
Bienal de São Paulo:
Incerteza Viva 

Comissioned by the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo for the 32nd edition of the Bienal, Incerteza Viva, Maarad Trablous looks at the divergent outcomes of two similarly envisaged projects by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer: Ibirapuera park in São Paulo, Brazil (partly designed by Niemeyer) and the Rashid Karami International Fairgrounds in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Comprised of 15 individual concrete forms, the Rashid Karami International Fairgrounds was intended for hosting the world fair before construction stalled at the onset of the Lebanese civil war (1975). The film follows a figure on a journey of the vast and desolate urban park. Reoccurring images of the woman’s movement through space are cut with images of sparse visitors and workers. Her condition as a hollow vessel is both a symbol of hope and defeat. Past and present dissolve, leaving views and subject alike stranded, waiting for the future.

                          Video excerpt. To watch the entire video, send an email to Galerie Imane Farès.

                         Aerial view of model with functions (research material). Courtesy of George Arbid and the Arab Center for Architecture.

                        Still from Maarad Trablous.

                        Still from Maarad Trablous.

                        Supported by:

                        Shrook Al Ghanim
                        Rana Sadik and Samer Younis
                        Galerie Imane Farès
                        Amer Huneidi
                        Mohammed Hafiz
                        Ziad Mikati

                        Thank you:

                        Jochen Volz
                        Imane Farés
                        George Awde
                        Jared McCormick
                        Kristine Khoury
                        George Arbid
                        Amal Khalaf
                        Sarah Chalabi
                        Wassim Naghi
                        Farida Sultan
                        Ginger Beirut Productions
                        Ziad Mikati


                        Director – Alia Farid
                        Director of Photography – Mark Khalife
                        Editing – Malek Hosni, Vartan Avakian
                        Sound Consultant – Amin Farid
                        Music and Sound Design – Nadim Mishlawi
                        Producer – Jowe Harfouche
                        Cast – Nowar Yusuf
                        Sound engineer – Karine Basha
                        Colouring – Belal Hibri
                        Production Manager – Jennifer Haddad
                        Production Assistant – Rosette Stephan
                        1st Camera Assistant – Ziad Choucha
                        2nd Camera Assistant – Joseph Rai
                        Key Grip – Hatem Chayna
                        Grip Assistant – Boudi Said
                        Technical equipment and Crew Supplied by – Platform Studios
                        Commissioned by – Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
                        Distribution – Galerie Imane Farès