Exhibition : Interrupted City
Beirut, 1991
27 June - 29 July 2006
In 1991 Basilico was one of the six photographers of "the Beirut
photographic Mission", with Depardon, Elkoury, Burri, Koudelka and
Frank. The purpose was to record visual traces of the city centre after
the end of the war. This collective project was financed by the Hariri
Foundation and a book was published with the title "Beyrouth
centre-ville" ( Editions du Cyprès,1992).
The present exhibition in Gallery Anne Barrault shows some of
Basilico's unpublished photographs which are worth not only as
historical documents, with his well-known talent, but more deeply for
what they reveal beyond appearances.
As a matter of fact, after fifteen years of civil war, Beirut,
destroyed and still mined, is beginning to get out of this nightmare.
Its ravaged historical heart is trying to beat again. While death marks
can be seen everywhere, life has not yet found its birthplace. Between
the end of an epoch and the beginning of a new one, between the ruins
of the past and the preparation of the future, what is left is but
nothingness, emptiness, absence, silence.
Basilico, with much humbleness, catches what is suspending between
disappearance and appearance, between death and resurrection, and
invites us to watch the miracle of the eternal return to life.
At the same time as this exhibition, a retrospective of the artist is
shown at the "Maison Européenne de la Photographie"  from June 21st to
October 8th 2006.
in collaboration with Camera Gallery, Monte-Carlo