Exhibition views of “Unpredictable Times”, 2023

Photos © Salim Santa Lucia

Courtesy of the artist

© Adagp, Paris, 2023

Unpredictable Times

Sirine Fattouh's exhibition

18 Nov. — 16 Dec. 2023

  • Curating:Marc Bembekoff
  • Opening:18 Nov. 2023

As part of Festival du film franco-arabe de Noisy-le-Sec
Programme: Cinéma Le Trianon


From drawing to sculpture, and from installation to video, the work of Sirine Fattouh (born in 1980 in Beirut; lives and works in Paris and Beirut) plumbs Lebanon’s turbulent history as well as questions of gender and sexual identity.

Unpredictable Times is a four-part project about Sirine Fattouh’s relationship to Beirut, wherein the second portion—the film Behind the Shield—offers a filmic portrait of the city through the lens of an on-board camera affixed to the windshield of her car. These dashcam-like glimpses document the watershed moments in the country’s recent history: the popular revolts of October 2019, the Covid-19 lockdown, or the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020.

Presented in the basement of La Galerie, the installation Unpredictable Times unfolds as a reflection both intimate and political, in which the video Behind the Shield joins a series of drawings realized between 2019 and 2021. It’s a space in which Sirine Fattouh proposes “to replay the past, to reappropriate it with a critical distance and to speak [one’s] personal story while juxtaposing it with the story of Lebanon, a story of wars and of exile” [1].


[1] Extract from an interview between Sirine Fattouh and Marc Bembekoff, October 18, 2023.

Around the exhibition

Saturday 18 November 2023

2pm: opening with Sirine Fattouh

7pm: screening of Behind the Shield at the cinema Le Trianon

Le Trianon

Place Carnot

F-93230 Romainville

+33 (0)1 83 74 56 00


Part of the Festival du film franco-arabe de Noisy-le-Sec


Friday 24 November 2023, 4pm

Screening of Behind the Shield at the cinema Le Trianon


Part of the Festival du film franco-arabe de Noisy-le-Sec

Other venues: Villa Belleville - Résidence de Paris Belleville

End of residency group exhibition with Sirine Fattouh

Opening Thursday 14 December 2023, 6pm

Exhibition open to the public until 17 December, then by appointment until 19 December 2023

Curator: Lila Torquéo

Villa Belleville – Résidences de Paris Belleville
23 rue Ramponeau

F-75020 Paris


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