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Camera Chiara installation by Annabel Karim Kassar

NICOLÓ LANFRANCHI

Annabel Karim Kassar Architects shows in the Cortile 700 of the Università Statale in Milan “Camera Chiara“, an architectural installation with two pavilions: Liwan and Camera Obscura. Invited to the Energy For Creativity exhibition organized by the Italian magazine Interni (on show until May 24, 2015), Annabel Karim Kassar Architects chose to display a monumental architectural structure as a vision of everyday life in a Lebanese room. Through the bellows of old cameras, Kassar symbolizes stills of Lebanese lifestyles brought to life here by the actor-spectators entering, wandering through, contemplating and leaving the space. Annabel Karim Kassar not only highlights savoir-faire but also French and Lebanese savoir-vivre. Attracted by the diffuse light from Saint-Gobain’s hand-blown glass, one is in for a rare experience – a piece of interior and a kind of cinema installation.

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The wood floor was hand painted by craftspeople in the same patterns found on Lebanese ceramics. A sofa and vintage armchairs invite the visitor to sit. A vintage damask silk fabric covers the main couch. A recording of the hubbub of the city mixed with the traditional Arab music playing on a vintage gramophone and the singing of a bird comfortably perched on its cage.

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