Face A / Face B, 2002

Rabih Mroué has focused his theatrical and visual work on the armed conflicts in Lebanon and in the Middle East in general. Since his earliest works in 1990, he has shown a great capacity to renew the language of performance and merge the codes of theatre and those of the visual arts. Mroué sees theatre as a form of political practice. In his search for the truth, he draws on documents, photographs and objects from the recent past of Lebanese society.

Face A / Face B is an autobiographical journey spanning from the artist’s childhood to the present, in the context of the Lebanese civil war. The video includes photographs, voice, melodies and historical data, in a story that explores aspects such as the nature of memory, the human voice and identity. Through a cassette tape that he and his brother recorded to send to a third brother who was living in Russia, the work questions the meaning of the past and shows that collective and personal histories are inseparable and intertwined. The video (in Arab with English subtitles) includes a song recorded by the artist and his brother, and also the testimony of their mother and sister, in a family polyphony addressed to the absent brother. The recorded voices are accompanied by projected old photographs of the protagonists and of the effects of the war on the artist’s childhood home. Private and collective memories mingle in a collection of voices that bring together personal memory, political critique and philosophical reflection.

Technical details

Original title:
Face A / Face B
Registration number:
Mroué, Rabih
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 9 min 56 s
Edition number:
Ed. 1/5 + 1 P.A.
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
© Rabih Mroué
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Rabih Mroué "Face A / Face B", 2002
Rabih Mroué "Face A / Face B", 2002