Chloee

  

As others raced, or jumped, the two sisters walked. I had shot them ten days prior, in a previous meeting this month of March. Like two non-identical Gemini twins they arrive together, and race against one another. As they put their bib numbers on, they appear like two little swans; graceful, and serene. 

The gun goes off, and they start walking, and it’s not long before you forget about them on the field and focus on their other friends doing the high jump and the triple jump. They are there nonetheless, inching towards the finish line, one step at a time. Chloee is the youngest of the two. I’m sure she looks up to her older sister, as Sandy is proud of her younger sister. They’re both from Champville. 

This time around though, on March 24, Chloee wasn’t wearing the Joma Champville Athletisme top. She had a Nike black t-shirt on, with that famous Nike motto; only the ‘Just’ appeared however, in glowing fuchsia, as the rest was hidden by her bib number, the 37. 

I took several shots of Chloee in her black t-shirt, and one of them I liked most, and sent it to her, in black and white. She indeed looked like a little black swan. I added, joking, the comment on the facebook photo, about not being able to read the rest of the text on her t-shirt. Chloee wrote back: ‘Just Do It’. 

That day, Chloee in her black t-shirt, broke the Lebanese midgets’ record for the 3000m walking. It is definitely a wonderful feeling to be part of a somewhat low-key moment of History; these seemingly small kinds of accomplishements last forever for the people lucky enough to be there, and witness them. I was one of those lucky few, and I intend to shoot Chloee and her sister again as they walk side by side into Sports History, some day soon. 

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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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