Multiple Exposure, New Perceptions
by Zalfa Halabi (Class of 2016)
“How do you perceive a city you call your home? I’ve been asking myself that question for a long time now. I first tried to answer it by going around town and capturing what is left of Beirut’s heritage when I quickly realized that to me, it’s the people that make the city, they make it a home,” says photographer Salwa Eid. Inkblots, her first solo show, which featured a selection of her most recent works, ran from June 26 –July 19, 2018 at 392rmeil393 Gallery and showcased photographs of ten anonymous citizens, selected by the artist for the way in which she believed that they embody the city of Beirut, her hometown. Consisting of twenty photographs displayed in pairs of two images each per person, Inkblots stemmed from Eid’s desire to invite the photographed subject to be an active agent in the construction of their own representation, and that of the city they inhabit.