«I am here since four years. I came for work. My mom and dad, I needed to help them. So, I came to Lebanon. I like sports, yes. But I never ran a lot there. I didn’t know I would run here.»

Aregu came to work in a household in Ras Beirut, off Caracas. She came from Wollo, Ethiopia.

«When did you start running?» I asked.

«Three years ago. I did the 10K at first. I ran in 41minutes.»

«And did you run the 42K?»

«Yes, this year. I did it in 3:30. I like running shorter distances. But it’s ok. It’s my first time, too! 42K is long!» she said giggling.

«You train every day?» I asked, rhetorically.

«Yes, at the Cite Sportive, or on the AUB track. I’m very happy here. Inter Lebanon [a Lebanese Running Club] is great. My coach is great. I was back home for 5 months, this past year. They were asking me if I had a coach. I said ‘Yes!’ I have a great coach back in Lebanon!» she was giggling again.

«Next time I will shoot you, while you run, OK?»

«Yes!» she said replied giggling still.

I did some shots of her, that day.

All runners are beautiful in motion.

Aregu was also beautiful standing still.


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G. H. Rabbath

G. H. Rabbath is a performative writer, and photographer. He taught Cognitive Science and Art Theory in a Beirut University, and his Ph.D. Thesis was referenced in philosopher Jean Clam's Orexis. G.H. Rabbath engaged in several meta-artistic interventions in the art world since 2009 and the publication of 'Can One Man Save the (Art) World'. He curated in 2010 M. Obaidi’s latest show in Art Dubai along side publishing 'Mr Obaidi and the Fair Skies® Corporation' that addressed the neuroscience of racial bias in relation to conceptual art. In 2011 he obtained the officials nominations of curator and commissioner of the Lebanese Pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennial, and created 'institutional void' in the Arsenale as part of a neo-Situationist project. Other interventions took place in L.A, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Sharjah. In 2013 he obtained directorship of art project spaces in Beirut where he launched The Better World Project. In 2014 he launched 'Signing with Light' a photography project for the benefit of that will take place in the U.S. and Europe. His work can be seen on

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