Frederic Lezmi

Beyond Borders: from Vienna to Beirut

In Beyond Borders, I have been searching for the ‘in between’ – whatever lies geographically as well as culturally between my world in the midst of Europe and my long term focus of interest in the Middle and Near East. From August to December 2008 I was ‘en route’ between Vienna and Beirut. My pictures represent neither precise documents nor do they create artistic worlds. They rather mean to be constructions of multicolored, fragmented impressions, like looking through a kaleidoscope. They often shows us architectural monuments, including the social life taking place within, in various superimposed layers and conditions. Through reflections and fragmentations within the images, the viewer’s eye is being multiplied, inverted and divided in order to put on trial and call in question the perception of cultural differences and their importance for the present and the past of our society. Photography as such turns out to serve as a visual hinge and an interface between these multi-faceted worlds, where the space between East and West is either expanded or reduced.

Where does the West end and where does Orient begin?

Frederic Lezmi

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