What kind of re­ac­tion does Ret­ro­spec­tive usu­ally re­ceive?

Ekaruna - - Interview Relay -

Ekaruna There is a large range of re­cep­tion and re­ac­tions on the part of the visi­tors. A lot of the time I think many peo­ple leave with a sense of plea­sure af­ter hav­ing met and talked with peo­ple who tell them sto­ries. It is not usual, be­cause you would come into an ex­hi­bi­tion space ex­pect­ing to see paint­ings, sculp­tures, video and ob­jects – and here you en­counter peo­ple. Th­ese peo­ple come to you in a way a paint­ing doesn’t – you have to go to the paint­ing.


Ekaruna Have you no­ticed any dif­fer­ences be­tween the in­ter­preters from Beirut and those from other coun­tries?

Well the work we do is lit­er­ally work­ing with the in­ter­preters’ ex­pe­ri­ences and prac­tices. In this way, ex­pe­ri­ences and prac­tices are very much bound to where they come from. Here in Le­banon, they all come from Beirut or have a very strong con­nec­tion to the city. The work al­ways takes an el­e­ment from the place it is cre­ated in. Peo­ple have dif­fer­ent sto­ries when they live in dif­fer­ent places. We also have an ar­ray of in­ter­preters, peo­ple com­ing from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and even gen­er­a­tions – the youngest is maybe 22 and the old­est is 50.


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