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Letter To The Father

Uncategorized10 November – 30 December, 2021

Reminiscent of Islamic manuscript layout design, Chaza Charafeddine copies in her own handwriting Franz Kafka’s letter to his father, a letter that never reached him.

In an attempt to write to her father, the artist traps the viewer into her own doubts, questions the communication between daughter and father, and destabilizes the original father/son conflict. As such, the artist touches upon the fears inherent in a long-lost communication. After all, a letter never written is a letter never received but is a letter written always received?

“Letter to the Father” reveals an interest in appropriating visual elements from the past by subverting Kafka’s original German letter, copying it in Arabic, and presenting it in different forms.

Chaza Charafeddine is an artist and writer. She studied special education at La Branche – Centre de formation en pédagogie curative et sociothérapie in Switzerland, and Eurhythmy dance at the Eurythmieschule – Hamburg in Germany. After exploring the fields of education and dance for 15 years, she turned to photography and writing. Her photographic works were shown in numerous galleries and artistic venues in Lebanon and abroad. In 2012 Dar Al-Saqi, Beirut has published her first novella Flashback and in 2015 her short-story collection Haqibatun Bilkade Tura. Chaza Charafeddine is represented by Agial Art/Saleh Barakat Gallery.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Mina Image Centre and Saleh Barakat Gallery.

Curated by Manal Khader

Artist book special edition: Nathalie Elmir and Fouad El Khoury
Sound design: Rana Eid – DB Studio
Lighting: Moustapha Yamout
Text: Alya Karame
Audio: Chaza Charafeddine, Nathalie Elmir and Fouad El Khoury

Dates: 10th November – 30 December, 2021
Times: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 5pm

Admission is free.

Please respect Covid distancing rules and wear your mask.

Special thanks to: Fouad El Khoury, Marita Sbeih – DB Studio, Mohamed Al Mufti, and Hazem Saghieh


Author: Livia Bergmeijer

Performing artist Farima Berenji and musician Hanan Halwany are coming together for a magical performance of improvised Sufi dance and music. Joining them on stage will be Nicole Farah reciting a selection of poetry by some of the great Sufi poets including Rumi and Hafez. The performances will take place as part of Mina’s ongoing intervention “Beirut Kaputt?” curated by Stéphane Sisco, with Ayman Baalbaki’s painting All That Remains as the backdrop.
Performing artist: Farima Berenji
Musician: Hanan Halwany
Poetry recital: Nicole Farah
Production manager: Géraldine Blache
Dates: 27th & 28th May
Times: 5 – 6.30 pm & 7.30 – 9 pm
Admission is free. Donations greatly appreciated.
Spaces are limited so please RSVP in advance to: info@minaimagecentre.org
Otherwise entrance will be on a first come, first served basis.
Drinks will be sold at the bar.
Please respect Covid distancing rules and wear your mask.
Special thanks to Greta Khoury, Bernard Khalil, Jean Gibran, Mersel Wine, The Blue House Tea, Riwaq Beirut, The Saadallah & Loubna Foundation, and Géraldine Blache.

The installation Beirut Kaputt? is a reflection on the representation of violence. It consists of two juxtaposed works: a video montage of social media clips of the Beirut Port explosion and the painting All That Remains by Lebanese artist Ayman Baalbaki.


Beirut Kaputt? (4 May – 4 June 2021).

معرض بيروت منكسرة؟ ( ٤ ايّار الى ٤ حزيران ٢٠٢١).

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