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XXII Triennale di Milano

Lebanon
TAWAF – A Genealogy of a Tree

Exhibition

Tawaf (Arabic: طواف, Tawãf), in the Islamic faith, is the devotional act of circling counterclockwise around the Kaaba during the Hajj season.

L.E.FT’s Tawaf: A Genealogy of a Tree installation spatializes the cross section of a cedar tree trunk from the Shouf Biosphere, the largest cedar reserve in Lebanon, into a circular floor-map carpet. The interpretive tree "map," through its growth rings, unpacks the biblical, literary, popular, and political imaginaries of the Lebanese Cedar tree across its geological timeline.
Tawaf re-centers the meaning of the cedar tree away from its flattened, stencil cut representation as the national emblem of Lebanon—centered on the country’s flag, into the swirling space of its ecological history. What emerges is not an "immortal" symbol of the nation, but rather a complicated narrative situated at the intersection of geological history, the colonial environmental imaginary, and climate change.
Through circling the installation, the visitor will begin to recognize the necessity of untangling the traces of the complex colonial and nationalist narratives underlying the ills inflicted on the Middle East region—before all else on its environment. Only then can one bolster the ecology of the Cedar tree and reinvent its meaning.

Credits

Organising instituion:
Lebanese Ministry of Culture

L.E.FT Architects Team:
Makram el Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine, Rami el Murr, Ibrahim Kombarji,Mayrah Udvardi (Research Assistant) Maia Simon (Copy Editor)

Shouf Reserve Team:
Nizar Hani

Video:
Josh Haner /The New York Times

Highlights

L.E.FT Architects

L.E.FT Architects

L.E.FT Architects

International Participations

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18€
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14€
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Digital Archive Preview

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Costruzione del Palazzo dell’Arte, 1931<br/>Posa della prima pietra del Palazzo dell’Arte, foto Argo
Costruzione del Palazzo dell’Arte, 1931
Posa della prima pietra del Palazzo dell’Arte, foto Argo
XIV Triennale di Milano, 1968<br/>Scala elicoidale del Palazzo dell’Arte durante l’occupazione
XIV Triennale di Milano, 1968
Scala elicoidale del Palazzo dell’Arte durante l’occupazione
Palazzo dell’Arte, 1931<br/>Sezione longitudinale del progetto del Palazzo dell’Arte
Palazzo dell’Arte, 1931
Sezione longitudinale del progetto del Palazzo dell’Arte
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