In the video installation Le plus beau jour [The Greatest Day] photographer and film-maker Fouad Elkoury couples his own images, from various times and geographical locations, with excerpts from the poem To Be in a Time of War by the Lebanese author and artist Etel Adnan. A poetic interplay between image and text communicates experiences of a changing existence through parallel stories of war, daily life, love and despair.
In the 1980s, Fouad Elkoury documented the civil war in Lebanon. He has subsequently started to question the individual photographic image and now combines several media in order to create new meaning: photography, text, sound and video. Juxtaposing different layers of information evokes the viewer's associations and new stories are generated.
Fouad Elkoury (b. 1952, Paris) lives and works in Paris and Beirut, and he was one of the founders of the Arab Image Foundation. Elkoury has published a series of photo books, and his images have been exhibited at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Venice Biennale and the Beirut Art Center. This is his first exhibition in Scandinavia.
The video work The Greatest Day is 21:38 minutes long.