What kind of reaction does Retrospective usually receive?
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.
“PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT STORIES WHEN THEY LIVE IN DIFERENTPLACES”
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.