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The Lebanese artist and filmmaker's exhibition comprises multimedia images, made from photos of Lebanon's border areas, and installations using soil and earth.The idea, Hojeij said, is based on research into the Lebanese frontier by Abdel-Rahman Shhaytli, a now-retired Lebanese Army general.Hojeij said he had to obtain army permission to go to the locations, and was escorted by Lebanese security personnel at all times.Hojeij has used this division literally and figuratively, cutting a stylized version of the Lebanon-Palestine-Syria-Iraq Sykes-Picot line into some images, or using it to create multiple layers that question territory and control.Four images are based on a photo of the Israeli border wall as seen from Naqoura, south Lebanon.Hojeij is also interested in the complex social and personal issues that spring from geopolitics.As a metaphor for a unified and yet divided Lebanese identity, he has turned to the physical territory itself, constructing installations using soil and earth collected from the "undocumented" areas. The Lebanese artist has sought to grapple with some of the country and the region's thorniest issues, and the subjects Hojeij raises are certainly current.
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