Al Rahhalah (The Traveler)
Opening night: September 13
Dates: September 13 – December 30, 2016
Location:Marfa’ Projects, Beirut

Al Rahhalah (The Traveler) by Saba Innab, rethinks dwelling and building in temporariness departing from the Palestinian refuge, exile and migration. It is a process of collecting spaces, architectural typologies and know-hows of dwelling in suspension and waiting.

Reclaimed from personal memory and experience, those spaces are then recreated and materialized, becoming a topographic realm between the past and the present; forming an archeological site, or a record inscribed in the architecture of our everyday life.

The 1980’s are reclaimed through a residential building in Kuwait as a point of departure that unfolds into other spaces and other forms of migration and exile. By freezing a visual memory of a space then deconstructing it into angles, materials and shadows, another layer is revealed; regional references, alienation and attempts to unravel the unknown emerge in the context of processes of modernity- modernization in the host countries. This space becomes not only an extension of Palestinian refuge, but also part of the de-territorialization of the working class and migrant workers in the region and around the world.

About the Artist:

Architect, urban researcher, and artist practicing out of Amman and Beirut. Saba Innab holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Her work was shown in various exhibitions, most recently in Marrakesh Biennial- 2016, Home Works 7 in Beirut, and “Lest the two Seas Meet” in the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2015, Hiwar in Darat al Funun-Amman (2013–2014). She has worked as an architect and urban designer with UNRWA on the reconstruction of the Nahr el Bared Camp in the North of Lebanon, a project nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013. Most recently, she has received the visiting research fellowship initiated by Studio-X Amman in 2014.
Through painting, mapping, sculpture, and design, her work explores the suspended states between temporality and permanence, and is concerned with variable notions of dwelling, building, and language in architecture.