ArtLab and Dongola Limited Editions are pleased to invite you to the opening of The Distance is Always Other, a collaborative photography exhibition presenting the work of British photographer Chris Coekin and Lebanese photographer Noel Nasr. This exhibition is an artistic exploration, grounded in archival documentation, highlighting socio-geographical transformations in Lebanon over the past forty years.
The project investigates and responds to an archive of stereoscopic snapshots taken by an American couple visiting Beirut in 1973. Through their process of experimentation, the photographer duo exposes the instability within the Lebanese landscape. They provide crucial evidence of the social, demographic and architectural changes caused by the lengthy civil war and subsequent reconstruction.
This visual experiment developed into an artist book which carries the same title as the original project, and will be launched in conjunction with the exhibition. Published by Dongola Limited Editions, the book is designed by renowned Iranian artist Reza Abedini, and includes a text by Lebanese writer Fadi Tofeili.