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Fouad ElKoury

born 1952 in Paris, France
lives and works in Beyrouth, Lebanon

"In ElKoury's black and white photographs there is more than a photojournalistic aesthetics and a rigid documentation of the photographers travels in troubled regions such as the Middle East. Beyond his documentarian role, ElKoury's photographs reveal a second, metaphysical world and his personal relation to the people and conflicts of this region."

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY DREAMS ?
In an indirect reference to Paul Virilio’s “Ce qui arrive” (What happens) and his concept of instantaneism, "What happened to my dreams" addresses socio-political issues of today, as a sort of assessment of the global situation, in view of the hopes a whole generation born in the fifties had for an equal, just and fraternal society.
It is a series of 32 (+2) entries and an equal number of photo-montages layering painstakingly precise handwriting onto images rendered in both black-and-white and colour.
En référence indirecte à Paul Virilo et son concept de l’instantanéisme, ce qu’il nomme “Ce qui arrive…”, la série « Qu’en est-il de mes rêves » aborde et questionne les problèmes sociaux-politiques d’aujourd’hui. Il s’agit d’une sorte d’état des lieux de la situation du monde élaboré au vu des espoirs d’une génération entière née dans les années cinquante du siècle dernier pour une société juste, fraternelle et égalitaire.
La série comporte 32 (+2) images, souvent faites de photo-montages où s’entremêlent écriture et photos couleur ou noir et blanc.
 
Sample Work
 

Exhibition Tour:
Fouad ElKoury
'what happened to my dreams?'
March 10 - May 7, 2010
Espace Kettaneh Kunigk (Tanit), Beirut
 

 
Exhibition Tour:
Fouad ElKoury
'on war and love'
February 9, 2007 - March 17, 2007
Galerie Tanit, Munich
 

 
Beyrouth. Octobre 1999
print: 2004
silvergelatine print
Ed.: 13
91,5 x 132 cm

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Beyrouth. centre ville
Place de l'Etoile 1991

print: 2004
silvergelatine print
Ed.: 13
128,5 x 92 cm

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Links
 
www.fouadelkoury.com