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Elise Khoury

1990
Beyrouth, Lebanon

4 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Elise Khoury

Wall traces

2020

42 x 59.4 x 0.1cm

380,00 €

Layers of destruction

2020

59.4 x 42 x 0.01cm

380,00 €

Layers of Beirut's ageing materials

2020

42 x 59.4 x 0.01cm

380,00 €

Elise Khoury is a Lebanese photographer born in 1990.

Beirut Layers is a project that I decided to start as soon as I returned from Spain (end of 2019), after 4 years of absence. These years away from my native country have allowed me to perceive differently and more subtly all the beautiful things and details that I had never paid attention to before. My choice to capture only the Stone (without people) in this series of photos, highlights the traces of war, time and men that have made these places historical witnesses and memories of continuous destruction.

This project aimed to highlight the consequences of the civil war, the impact of the pandemic (covid-19) on the city, to finally end up being the unmistakable witness of the effects of the massive explosion of August 4, 2020 that destroyed a large part of Beirut. Thousands of people were left homeless, thousands suffered physically and emotionally and hundreds died... As an architect, I felt the need to do something to help, so I started working as a volunteer with the NGO "Offre Joie" in the renovation of an old heritage house in Karantina (one of the most affected residential areas in Lebanon).

I am now trying to capture the beauty, the pain, the love, the massive impact of the explosion, the sadness and joy of my city over time. Despite the destruction, I am conveying my personal emotions through photos while imagining the reconstruction of Beirut for the future.