Greetings from Beirut!
We just sent out this email and images to friends and family, and we want to share this on the blog, too.
We are writing to you from Beirut, Lebanon, where we [Lara Salmon and Regina Mamou] have been artists-in-residence at Haven for Artists for the last ten weeks. Today marks the halfway point that we will spend living and working abroad together in artistic collaboration. At the end of this month, we leave Lebanon to go to Marrakech, Morocco, as artists-in-residence at Queens Collective.
Our time in Beirut has been an amazing trial. We have learned to relinquish private space, embrace transitory moments with old and new friends, and live without running water. Each of us has spent significant time in the Middle East and speaks Arabic conversationally. This region holds a lot of forgotten memories. We are in continual discussion of our observations as foreign women to the dynamics of the world reflected in our experience here.
In the last two and a half months we have established a collaborative practice entitled Research for the Bermuda Triangle (or RBT, as we refer to it affectionately). Our duo-collaborative was formulated through speculative musings and is cemented in research and body-based production. We endeavor to excavate the third entity of our triangular existence through the internationally American lens within which we now live.
Our first intervention as RBT will be presented in the gallery of Concept 2092 in Beirut, Lebanon. This participatory performance-cum-installation, CONTRADINE, commences at 8pm (10am PST) on November 22, 2018. While we realize most of you will not be able to attend, we would like to invite you to investigate our new website and follow along on social media.
Lara & Regina