L'Orient Le Jour


Sirine Fattouh's intervention consists of a series of fake cancellations of cultural and artistic events of the same day due the “current circumstances”. Inspired by her research on the archive of L’Orient Le Jour, the artist repeats the mentions that appeared heavily in the newspaper during April 1975 when the civil war in Lebanon broke out and when events where cancelled due to the current circumstances. Blurring temporal references and referring to the ongoing crisis in the Middle-East and especially the war in Syria, the artist wanted - in an “artivist’” approach - to disturb the readers by confusing them with these mentions of cancellations of performances, openings, yoga classes, and the closing down of museums and art centers.


Caline Aoun's intervention references the cycle of a day that dictates the rhythm of a newspaper, and is based on a newspaper cut out estranged from its original context. The cut out of the image and its legend were scanned and printed repeatedly with a printer that has no ink, until it resulted in an exhausted image - referring to a world saturated by media images.


Ilaria Lupo intervenes with an interview on the new capital of Lebanon. In spring 2015, Executive Magazine had published an article - an April's fools joke - on this new global city to come, that was mediated by other papers. Maneuvering the stunt made by the magazine, she takes the concept to another degree of reality.