“Beirut Image Festival” commemorates the martyr Abu Aqleh and the victims of the Beirut Port explosion

“Beirut Image Festival” commemorates the martyr Abu Aqleh and the victims of the Beirut Port explosion
“Beirut Image Festival” commemorates the martyr Abu Aqleh and the victims of the Beirut Port explosion

The activities of the “Beirut Image Festival” began Thursday in the Lebanese capital, under the title “Memory”, with the participation of 99 photographers from 30 nationalities.

The opening included two parallel exhibitions, the first “Salute to Shireen Abu Akleh” and the movie “The Last Meeting” was shown, and the second “Memorial of a City” in memory of the victims of the Beirut Port explosion, featuring works by the photographer Shireen Yazbek entitled “The Day I Died” in addition to other miscellaneous works by Dar Al Musawwar and other photographers.

The festival committee received a large number of photos, sent by 571 photographers from 66 nationalities, but the requirements of arbitration and the selection of participating works reduced the number to 99 participants, of 30 nationalities.

The Minister of Culture, Judge Muhammad Bassam Al-Mortada, inaugurated the first presentation of the “Beirut Image Festival” in its second edition, Thursday, at the National Library in Beirut, in the presence of the President of the Arab Photographers Union, photographers, artists, intellectuals and media professionals.

The media event was presented by Ronnie Alva, with a speech in which he said: “The truth without an image remains an opinion. With the image, it becomes a maker of history, a movement of peoples, and a vitamin for the revolution. We live in the era of the luxury of the image. Not the image distorted by Botox Photoshop. The image that the photographer replaces developing in dark rooms by developing with a solution.” His blood. The blood of the photographers is the DNA of the photographs.”

In his speech, the festival director, photographer Ramzi Haidar, saluted the participating photographers from all over the world, especially the photographers of Palestine, who kidnapped their photos from among the dangers.

Minister Mortada said that the exhibition is a painful memory of the pain of the Beirut port explosion, and he talked about the necessity of investigation to reach the truth. And on the authority of Sherine Abu Aqleh, he said: “It is the flower of the girls, Sherine Abu Aqleh, the flower of the girls of Zahrat Al-Madaen. Who, in cold blood and with direct intent, assassinated her, because she was doing her job in covering his attacks on innocent people.”

And he continued, “Sherine Abu Aqleh, the Israeli soldiers wanted to kill her again when they tried to prevent her family from crying over her, and from chanting national anthems and chants in her eulogy, as well as when they tried to prevent the media from covering the scenes of grief in her home, but her blood triumphed over their terror, and the voice of her message rose higher. From their bullets, and it was documented by audio and video that the crime that was carried out against the word, freedom and values, reflects the true image of their being planted in Palestine and an epidemic that kills its people, history and life. .

After that, the film “The Last Encounter” by Sherine Abu Akleh was shown, and then the Minister of Culture unveiled a picture of her that was placed in the side of the National Library.

The festival includes other performances:

• Exhibition “Tehran, Jerusalem, Beirut – Alfred’s Journey” by the French-Iranian photographer Alfred Yaqoubzadeh. Pictures embody a journey between the pains and hopes of three countries, since the eighties of the last century.

• The exhibition “Palestine… A Life Through the Eyes of Photographer Khalil Raad: An Honorary Exhibition” in cooperation with the Institute of Palestine Studies. It includes historical photos from the archives of photographer Khalil Raad, documenting daily life and natural scenes, as well as pictures of Palestinian towns and villages before the Nakba.

• The festival’s general exhibition, which includes various photographic projects by 38 photographers from around the world. It is united by the axis of “memory” and varies between news investigations, personal stories, folklore and cultures of various peoples.

• The exhibition “Witness to the Beautiful Time” by Adnan Naji, who opened his archive for us to display pictures of Lebanese and Arab stars, from the sixties and seventies of the last century, Fayrouz, Umm Kulthum, Sabah and Shushu, and other names that filled the artistic community with beauty and creativity.

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The article is in Arabic

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