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Beirut (2005-2007), by Hale Tenger at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington.


Multimedia artist Hale Tenger (born 1960, Izmir, Turkey) creates videos and installations that examine the tangible and intangible traces of events. From 2005 to 2007, Tenger filmed the façade of the St. George Hotel in Beirut—the site of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon—while it was being renovated. Gently flapping curtains, shifting light, and Serdar Ateser's simple musical composition evoke a historical moment with profound repercussions that still haunt this physical space.

Still from Beirut (2005–2007), single-channel video, by Hale Tenger.

Beirut (2005-2007), by Hale Tenger, July 30-November 6, 2011, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, USA.


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