mia sawaya

The studied site is a frail house in Gemmayzeh acting as a frame that captures the distinctive dynamics of Saint Nicholas Stairs. It is as if what was once a vibrant place captures and tells the story of the alive through the focused visual field created by its surroundings. This initiates the notion of visual connectivity that is reflected in several moments, creating a collection of frames. The discussed concept is then projected into an apparatus that acts as an add-on to the already present house. Because art involves both a visual and personal connection between the observer and the art piece, the function of the whole structure is an art gallery where its keeper is the artist him/herself. The intervention aims at activating the building by embracing it from the exterior and making its way in, carrying the user through a succession of spaces while initiating distinctive visual connections between the observers, the apparatus, and the building itself through specific observation points.

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