1957

I was told a fly was caught in my incubator.

1958

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1959

“It is quite strange not to remember a younger version of oneself. As if our being goes into unconsciousness step by step as we get older.”

1960

I do not remember taking a plane from Dakar to Beirut alone.

1961

I remember living with my grandmother Zeizaf.

1962

I do not remember any of my classmates in Dame de Sion school.

1962

1962

1963

I do not remember what happened to the painting I made of three white swans on a green background.

1964

I remember my first encounter with Santa Claus, it was a nightmare.

1965

I remember passing by the Red Light District near Marica’s everytime my uncle came to take me from school.

1966

1966

1967

I remember the white marble floor in the first apartment that reunited our family in Beirut.

1968

I was told my mother locked away my art material when my teacher said I was gifted and that I should keep drawing.

1969

I remember my golden bicycle and how I participated in the village carnival.

1970

“I am not yet clear about the question of where, why and how I happen to be on this earth! I am trying my best.”

1971

I remember when my father died.

1971

“Isn’t it the realization of death that gave me both the smallness and boundlessness in me? Isn’t it a potential power; the fuel of life?”

1972

I remember the brown suede jacket I used to wear – now it works so well on Sandro.

1973

I remember being on the Judo team and winning several medals, then giving up after losing 6 kilos during my first year of architecture at AUB.

1974

1974

1975

I do not remember how and when the war started.

1976

“Everything is flux, everything moves; stability is decay. If a city doesn’t move, inject it with events…”

1977

I do not remember if my mother still has the first sculptures I carved from stone – a head and a hand- with the help of Maallem Naamtallah.

1978

I remember spending hours in a corridor with my family as hundreds of bombs hit the Achrafieh area everyday.

1979

I remember eating falafel sandwiches for almost one month when I had no money.

1980

I remember being shot at by snipers while driving my Mini Cooper across the green line to university.

1981

I remember being kidnapped in Beirut on my way to university.

1982

I remember when I left for Japan : I boarded the first plane out of the country when the airport was re-opened after a long closure.

1983

I remember when I decided to stop painting until I was able to produce something new and different.

1984

1985

1986

I remember when I started painting again after three years, although I still continue to search for my own expression.

1986

I remember filling the whole Striped House Museum of Art, Tokyo on the theme of Middle Eastern ancient cultures, although I had been given just one floor.

1987

I remember bringing a cow to my performance at Spiral Building, Tokyo.

1988

I remember the hours spent with Professor Hara Hiroshi discussing the philosophy of Japanese space.

1989

I remember visiting more than 40 temples for my PhD.

1989

I do not remember how many weeks I have spent living with the monks to follow their rituals and ceremonies.

1990

I was told Dany Chamoun was assassinated with all his family after I had met them:
I remember starting the study for the massacre.

1991

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1992

I remember our
interventions in the Parisian subways, pasting my paintings on advertising posters, and running like hell before the policemen came.

1993

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1994

“Creative expression is never a monologue. It is a negotiation with space and form.”

1995

I remember exhibiting the model and paintings of the Prague project at the French Cultural Center in Beirut for funding.

1995

I remember recruiting some of my architecture students to work as cultural mediators at the opening of The Carrier.

1996

I remember Hapsitus’ first team working on Hilarious Beirut: Ramona Abdo, Makram El-Kadi, Naji Moujaes, Zaki Nakkash, Fadi Sarrieddine.

1997

I remember the Archaic Procession arriving by boat to Prague after three years of trials, negotiations and much paper chasing.

1998

“Performance as a “power- vacuum” (knocking the void) is mainly an inquiry and a purposeless search for the development of life as such.”

1999

I remember creating the proposal The Giraffe, the Wild Cat & the apparently Digested Objects, and how it almost got me into a lawsuit.

2000

I was told that several artists were supposed to participate in the Nakameguro project, but I was given the whole commission.

2001

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2002

I remember politics being at the center of all discussions while being Dean of FAAD at NDU and then professor at AUB.

2003

“When you perform art, the given energy should be greater than fighting a whole army.”

2004

I remember the Monks’ procession around the Three Flowers Of Jitshu in Nara.

2005

I remember my shock when Hariri was assassinated.

2006

I remember living as a refugee near Reading in the UK during the Hezbollah war with Israel.

2007

I remember dreaming of a cloud for Dubai.

2008

I remember my first encounter with Khaled Samawi. Maybe the most important encounters were the spontaneous, unexpected ones.

2009

2009

2010

“There is a certain fuzziness in my mind where boundaries are lost. A place as fuzzy as a cloud, but just as vast as the sky.”

2011

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2012

“The world carries me, and the world creates me while I dream.”

2013

I do not remember ever being on a plane without tracing new ideas on a sketchbook.

2014

I remember Stretching Thoughts reaching as far as Shanghai, visiting the JISP park.

2015

“I travel so frequently these days. I float in landscapes of clouds and merge with them, transported on the fixed seat of an airplane.”

2016

I remember being caught between Shout and Silence.