the only way out is to go so far in

I haven’t had anything to say in so long. I still don’t.
On the 14th of March in 2005, the Lebanese people were down on the streets claiming the new era, the beautiful change, and whatever rhymes with that. It was big.
People were hoping for unity, but ever since then we’ve done nothing but walk backwards and cling to war memories and so-called civil war heroes that we brought back. we gave them halos, all of them.
The sane people who are still here are disillusioned; the insane ones are still worshiping their demented civil-war heroes. Explosions happen here and there every once in a while, a few people die, civil-war-heroes go on tv and swear at each other, people cheer.
Then it’s life again, bus drivers competing to pick up passengers, some even have vague agreements on who gets to pick up whom, shops extending sales and giving promotional items, and happy-hour is 4 to 8 now, w00t.
Thank you for all the comments and emails. I will try to get this place back to life, it’s something I put aside for a while to figure out what I want to do that’s all.
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i spent a couple of days in the south with my grandma, i would have loved to stay longer, maybe someday soon.. it's olive harvest time and our land is a minefield. my grandma lives for olive harvest and she's heartbroken, but she was happy to see us. the whole family was there, i see some of my relatives once a year.. which is partially my fault cause i dont make the effort. 
so this time i did, it was the familys 30 years memorial, my moms family lost 65 members to the war 30 years ago, i didnt know until this sunday. anyway me and my parents didn't go into church, we came in too late. over lunch they talked about my grandpa and my uncle Tony which was a first, they both died defending the village. The south smells of death, i love it there, and i hate it. The family keeps making amends with the place, then war happens again and the house or the land take a destructive hit. It felt good altogether, that kind of stuff brings families together, there's so much more to life than overtime shifts.  and there are so many amazing kids in the family, they were all over the place and it was filled with laughter.

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it's beautiful, this whole "get up" vibe all over our highway bboards.
i'm not emotionally detached enough to leave, but i'm too disillusioned to stay and try to pick up my life again.


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-this was set to private? :s

i just came back from the exhibition i mentioned below, the opening was today. thank you for coming (those who are in beirut, and who did), and thank you for the support here just as well, i wouldnt have put my work up-there if it wasnt for all the emails and comments :)

Nafas Beirut




Summer 2006 was set to be Lebanon's post civil war "Golden Summer." Hundreds of thousands of tourists had flooded the streets of Beirut hoping to catch a taste of an exotic summer in the Orient. Lebanon did not fail them.

On July 12, 2006 Israel began a 34-day siege on Lebanon. 1 million citizens found themselves displaced. Over one thousand were killed. Thousands of bombs were dropped. Millions of bomblets blanket the south of Lebanon. Over 15,000 tons of heavy fuel oil swallowed up the shores of Lebanon. There was no end in sight.

But, Lebanon's artists were busy. They reacted; documenting this tragic event. They resisted; through their drawings and commentaries. They questioned; all sides through their writings and blogs. They cried. They took part in relief work. They witnessed; they wrote, painted, sculpted and took photographs. They lived out the long hot summer days.

Espace SD and xanadu* present Nafas Beirut, a multimedia venue for artists bearing witness. The aim is to create a platform for artists, poets, writers and filmmakers to share their work produced during or in reaction to the Israeli siege of Lebanon of Summer 2006. Believing it crucial to highlight these works, Nafas Beirut documents the emotions and experiences, and brings artists and viewers together, historicizing the moment. Nafas Beirut is a platform for these immediate responses through a multimedia exhibition and a month long series of events including, video screenings curated by various organizations and collectives, concerts, an open mike poetry jam, and a lecture on the oil spill.

The multimedia exhibit includes more than 40 artists of different backgrounds, hailing from around the world. These works are reactionary; they were made out of an urge. To highlight a few, they are raw as seen in the 12-poem piece of Wissam Nouchi entitled "Remember to Forget Beirut". They are emotional as Sintia Karam, trapped outside of Lebanon wanders around Berlin hoping that somehow her footsteps would take her straight back to Beirut. All the way from Australia, Maissa Alameddine and Fadia Kisrwani Abboud, create an installation entitled "Return to Sender," in reaction to the millions of Israeli flyers that were dropped on Lebanon. Lina Hakim creates an installation in homage to her real heroes of the war: the teenagers she met while volunteering at a shelter. Zena el-Khalil paints a portrait of Hassan Nassrallah as seen through her eyes. Raed Yassin displays his daily adventures with Nabil Fawzi, a.k.a. Superman. Maria Kassab's delicate drawings portray her downward spiral into darkness and depression. And already, some find themselves moving on as Rowina Bou Harb reveals in her blank white canvas entitled, "Don't Feel Like Talking Anymore, I Almost Forgot What I Felt."

Nafas: Beirut will run from October 13 to November 17, 2006. Espace SD is open daily from 3-8pm except Sundays.



More Info found at 

http://www.xanaduart.com/nafas.html

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i still haven't sent out my applications - i'm starting to wonder if i really do want to leave. i love it here, i love the traffic, i love the people, the way rules bend, the fact that i have friends i can gate-crash anytime, and i love/hate how everywhere i go, i know someone. I went down town Jounieh today, i'm in love with the bay area.
Oh, i finally sent out postcards : ) it felt pretty awesome, to send airmail all around the world.
I'm still painting all the time, i'm not so sure about the outcome.. and how it would communicate.
So the highlight of my life is this go/stay conflict. There's a lot i'd like to leave behind for a while, i feel that i as a person need to start over elsewhere and then come back stronger, but what if i never find my way back? I know so many people who left, who keep on saying they'll be back, but who most probably wont, because it would be even harder to re-settle.
I HATE OUR POLITICIANS, i hate how they are stealing the supplies and selling them in the black market - how the opportunist wankers had to take advantage of this as well.
Anyhow, all this blabber is none-sense if i don't take a serious decision soon..
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thank you

a lot of people wrote in saying that reading blogs, helped them see that we are all the same, that people here are not as much of a blood-thirsty breed as some try to convey.  no one likes war, this is one war that will soon be forgotten too, the damage however, will pull us further down. Some believe in land, some believe in a leader, some believe in freedom of speach, some believe in God, whatever. Knowing that people, all around the world, cared enough to boycutt and demonstrate and work day and night makes one believe in humanism.
 

umbilical residue

i haven't updated in a while. i kind of don't know where to take it from here. this was never political, so i might as well just store some random thoughts here now and then ( :
The past few weeks were alright, i don't watch the news anymore, or tv for that matter.. it's weird, it ended just like that. of course there's all the tension and the bitterness, but i somehow either just blocked out, or want to put if behind me and get practical.
i couldn't even visit the shelter to say goodbye. 
it's 9/11 today, world-peace is just a line beauty queens elegantly repeat. 
i have a new passport, i am sending out college applications.

So basically, i haven't made up my mind about what i intend to do in 2007, i'm just trying to give my self as many options as possible..