From the archives: Hady Zaccak

I wrote this article exactly one year ago after interviewing Lebanese filmmaker Hady Zaccak and just rediscovered it online. 

Eric Reidy – SKeyes – 3 April 2013

“I am very attached to everything related to the socio-political environment,” says Hady Zaccak, a documentary filmmaker. “Beirut, of course, is always a center for this.”

Zaccak was born in Beirut, but his family left the city in 1976 because of the Civil War and went to the mountain. He visited the city during his childhood when there were calm periods and the roads were open. “My relation to Beirut was a more distant relation, seeing the city from afar,” at that time, he says.

“I started really discovering the city in 1992,” Zaccak continues, and tracing its emergence from the war. The first phase of this emergence involved people discovering what remained of the city from before 1975 following the destruction of the war.

The next phase was a period of reconstruction, which lasted from about 1995 to 2005. During this phase there was a feeling of not knowing the city anymore and a sense of amnesia, Zaccak says. “You are erasing everything and polishing everything as if nothing has happened and you are building a new future…

Read the full article here.

“Beirut Has a Special Magic”: An interview with Syrian artist Gylan Safadi

Beirut – SKeyes – Eric Reidy – 2 December 2012:

Ashes

“I could not paint in colors anymore,” says artist Gylan Safadi about his current exhibition at ARTLAB gallery in Gemmayzeh. The exhibition, entitled “Ashes”, was an attempt by Safadi to salvage memories of faces, friends, dreams, and experiences amidst the destruction of war in Syria.

Safadi was born in Soueida, Syria in 1977. A graduate of Damascus University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, he lived and worked in Syria until coming to Beirut a month ago.

Damscus was a good place to work as an artist before the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, says Safadi. Now, he says, “the city has changed. Everything is broken…

IMG_1671Continue reading the interview here.