Running for Melanie

On Women’s Day, Sunday March 8, I went up to Jamhour College to cover the cross-country race event. The men raced first. The Army won as usual.

Then came the women’s race. As they left the field to go uphill and into the woods, I got a few shots. It wasn’t until I got back home to process the photos that I realized that one of the runners had tears in her eyes.

The race was in memory of Melanie Freiha who had passed away not one month ago in a skiing accident.  I had the opportunity to talk to Corine, Melanie’s sister a few days prior because I wanted to take her portrait as a peace runner in the Beirut Marathon. When we finished shooting, I had asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up: «Medicine. I want to study Medicine, but I won’t do it here. I will leave this country as soon as I can.»

Krystel one of Melanie’s closest friends,  told me that she dedicated her run to her friend that day.  “None of her friends will ever forget her”.

 

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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 Gulflabor.org that will take place in the U.S. and Europe. His work can be seen on http://saatchiart.com/ghrabbath

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