It Is Only Through Your Thoughts That I Can Remember Who I Am
"It Is Only Through Your Thoughts That I Can Remember Who I Am" is an exhibition in three acts by Hagar Ophir and Hakim Bishara who work together as Theatre of Operations. The project reimagines the story of "L’Art moderne au Liban" into a theatrical exhibition in three acts. Madame M.S, a mysterious Lebanese painter who was one of the participating artists in the 1943 exhibition, is conjured up from the archive to recount the tale of her time by reimagining the past into the future.
historical references include:
The Moron collection
The Morons were a french couple living in Lebanon at the time. They were patrons of the arts and facilitators of the 1943 exhibition. The second scene of "It Is Only Through Your Thoughts That I Can Remember Who I am" is set at a tea party in the Morons' salon so we replicated objects from their large collection as paper models to recreate the atmosphere of the gathering. Among them is the Chinese sculpture in the center of the image below as well as the small horse on its right.Photo: Michel Carcenac
The Hotel St. Georges
The building in Beirut used to be a glamorous temporary home for many stars and politicians. One of its architects was Antoine Tabet, who also participated as an artist in "L'Art moderne au Liban". Our model of the hotel contained the research material on which the current exhibition project is based. Also, the ornaments of the hotel balconies reappear on the backrests and armrests of the sofas in the second scene.
Georges Cyr's aquarels
Cyr was also an artist participating in the 1943 exhibition. We used details of the traditional Lebanese costumes he painted to decorate the pillows in the salon and the séance table in the first scene from which the voice of Madame M.S. arises to set the historical background for the visitors.
Audio works and sound installations: Miriam Schickler
Light design and programing: Rachid Moro
Set Design: Martha Schwindling (assistant: Marta Pracht)
Researcher in France: Ellie Armon Azoulay
Researcher in Beirut: Stephanie d'Arc Taylor
Production coordinator in Bergen: Adriana Alves