If I only had a chance
Rechmaoui’s reproduction of the Experimental Theater, the most famous structure in the Fair, allows the edifice to become a sculpture. With the material of resin, the architecture inside the dome becomes visible. Working on the subject of public spaces and landmark architecture in Beirut for many years, Rechmaoui pursues his practice outside the capital. As the only closed edifice within the Fair in Tripoli, his installation unveils the structure of the dome by opening it to the public. This transparency (or lack thereof) is one of the reasons for the current state of the Fair and Lebanon in general, which is permanent status quo. Public sapces in Lebanon are scarce, and the Fair is perhaps the only ideal one in Lebanon, and yet like many other public spaces in the country, it remains closed.