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This installation caught my eye. La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beauté des Paroles (The warmth of love & the beauty of words) was created by Jad Melki, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut as well as visiting Faculty at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Melki’s piece represents presence in absence. Using an exposed mattress and warmly lighting it to make it glow, Melki converted its inner springs into words and sentences extracted from letters written by his mother when she was in Sierra Leon in 1974 to his father at the American Univeristy of Beirut. His father read the letters nightly, finding warmth and comfort in them and, in turn, feeling his wife’s presence in her absence. Nice.
Photos by Micheline Nahra