Student Work – Lara Tabet

Lara Tabet – GS 13 – Lebanon

I have come to be fascinated by the idea of surveillance camera footage as it relates to collective memory, history, and power. My experiences with these modes of recording echo strongly with my homeland Beirut, its intentionally negligent approach to its own history, and the control of personal, public, and intimate space. I use surveillance footage in a context of intimacy as I photograph my lover, highlighting the thin line between the political and the erotic. I wish to continue in striving to capture these unknown spaces, caught between sojourn and homeland, loss and remembrance, identity and exile, public and private, intimacy and omniscience.