A series of 12 limited edition photographs by French-Lebanese photographer Nadim Asfar, from his project Experiencing the Mountain (2015-ongoing)

“EXPERIENCING THE MOUNTAIN”

Inkjet Print $4,000 unframed (120 x 86 cm | 47.25 x 34 inches) $5,000 framed (124 x 90 cm | 49 x 35.5 inches)

Each image is sold in an edition of two, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting SEAL’s projects in Lebanon.
Please make your selection(s) by checking one of the two editions below and checking “Framed” or “Unframed”.

Please click on an image to see a larger version of it.

Mount Hermon from Jabal Sannine, 2017


Jabal Moussa, 2016


Jurd Aaqoura, 2015


Nabi Ayoub, Jabal Niha, 2016


Mount Hermon in Snow, 2016


The Bekaa from Jabal Barouk, 2016


Hermel, 2017


Jabal Sannine from Jabal Makmel, 2017


Wadi Gehannam, 2017


Wadi Qannoubine, 2016


Ras Chekka, 2017


Cedar Forest of Tannourine, 2014


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Asfar’s large-scale photographs depicting multiple perspectives of Lebanon’s hallowed and varied lands are drawn from a monumental research project and database initiated by Asfar in 2015. The result of ongoing conversations with agricultural communities, the photographs offer a deeply personal view of Lebanon’s often neglected rural regions, even while being central to the construction of Lebanon’s national identity.

In this, they clearly reflect SEAL’s central mission: to maintain the dignity of Lebanese communities in their stewardship of this ancient land.

The project is curated by Nayla Hadchiti.

Nadim Asfar Bio

Nadim Asfar is a French-Lebanese photographer and filmmaker. Born in Beirut in 1976, he lives and works in Paris and Beirut.

His work has been shown at many international institutions and events, including Paris Photo, the New Museum in New York, the Kunst-Werk Institute in Berlin and the Interna-tional Documentary Festival in Marseille. He was appointed the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres distinction by French Ministry of Culture in 2014. His work is part of major interna-tional public and private collections.

For more information www.nadimasfar.com

Nayla Hadchiti Bio

Nayla Hadchiti is a New York-based art advisor, creative director, philanthropist and seasoned traveler. With a background in advertising and contemporary art, she has been a patron of the arts and a strong supporter of Middle East initiatives. Recently, Nayla served as the consultant to the Marrakech Biennial 6th edition, a non for profit art exhibition in Marrakech, Morocco.

Nayla collaborates on a projects with the intention to initiate conversation and communication between the West & the Middle East.

Project

The Lebanese landscape has marked the country’s popular imaginary throughout its modern history, as the quintessential idyllic symbol of the country’s then-recently obtained independence. Whether in the form of the landscape paintings depicting nascent towns against a stratified scape of land and sea, in Mustafa Farroukh’s paintings, or Fairouz’s songs about daily life in rural Lebanon, landscape has emerged as a medium of national and nationalist imagination and construction in the Lebanese imaginary.

Experiencing the Mountain, an ongoing project that the artist has devoted his time to since 2014, is a work that engages with this tradition while setting the ground for a contemporary encounter with a de-nationalized landscape. The work revisits questions central to the medium of landscape: What is the relationship between territorial violence and pictorial beauty? What types of physical, material violence have the Lebanese wars impressed on the seemingly serene, mute mountain-scapes that surround us?

The work departs from maps, geological surveys, and historical accounts of the Lebanese landscape, and proceeds to multiply the views, working from thousands of photographs taken at several sites and of several views across the country. The work also draws inspiration from a range of experiments in photography and land art, especially the work of Robert Smithson, in which “site”, as a concept and as an experience, plays a key role in the fashioning of photographic and spatial dispositions that grapple with the pictorial and material qualities of land and landscape.

The encounter generated by Experiencing the Mountain is marked by a tension between planning and contingency. The artist meticulously scouts for his locations and fills in the voids in his database-like landscape project. At the same time, the beginning of each trip is destabilizing and disorienting. Engulfed by the affective and sensorial powers of the scenes before him, the photographs exit the boundaries of the survey and design, instead, a dispersed sensual space that is at once personal and material—plastic, haptic, erotic.

Text by Hisham Awad

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