Lara Tabet & Randa Mirza

Lebanon, Beirut Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Lara Tabet (LB, 1983) is a Lebanese visual artist and pathologist. In 2012, after finishing her residency in Clinical Pathology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Tabet completed a one-year full time program at the International Center of Photography in New York and was the recipient of the Lisette Model scholarship. The composition and presentation of her photographs demonstrate her background in pathology and inspects the legacy of trauma in Lebanon. Her most recent work with Randa Mirza contemplates the relationship between the individual and public/private space in connection to gender, sexuality, and identity. Her voyeuristic technique explores the human body and its relationship to the city by confronting the interaction between the body and the ideological state apparatus.

Randa Mirza (LB, 1978) explores the notion of identity: she seeks to review normalized, gendered and orientalist representations by making visible the current symbolic, social and political constructs.Through her work, Mirza questions the nature of images and their social uses. She manipulates the photographic image to reveal the discourses inherent in all representations, on the tenuous border between fiction and reality.

In their new series, Jeanne et Moreau is the pseudonym of two women photographers in a long-distance relationship. Their exchanges rely on digital technology: Facebook, Facetime, Instagram, e-mails, WhatsApp, Skype...They mainly use photography and video; the image becomes a conversation space where they can project emotions, fantasy and desire creating a shared visual diary that encompasses times together and times apart. They are building a large, common visual archive that exists in the privacy and safety of digital memory. The phone allows a virtual narrative to unfold. With one click, images are recorded, filtered, cropped, sent and stored. The data created within, and especially for the private sphere is made public through an artistic project that unfolds over several chapters and is constantly evolving and incorporating new material, since it follows Jeanne et Moreau’s ongoing relationship in real time.