In 2006-2007, Ashkal Alwan produced the first edition of Vidéoavril.
The three parts of Vidéoavril were entitled ‘Video Works,’ ‘Time Lapse,’ both a series of videos, and a collective video project, ‘Summertime.’ The videos presented under the heading ‘Video Works’ were initiated by emerging artists before the 2006 July war on Lebanon broke out, coordinated by the filmmaker and video artist Ghassan Salhab.
‘Time Lapse’ was a series of videos produced by a diverse group of artists in various stages of their careers. The project ‘Summertime’ was initiated in the summer of 2006 when a number of young video makers gathered under the personal edict to observe and reflect on what was happening in Lebanon. With their diverse points of reference, aesthetic approaches and obsessions, these three screenings brought to the fore subjective experiences that called into question official histories and dominant discourses in times of crisis.
Video Works participants included:
Malek Anouti, Anthony Abou Khalifé, Ali Cherri, Ahmad Ghossein, Rima Kaddissi, Ali Kays, Rania Rafei, Ziad Saad, Rami Sabbagh, Roy Samaha and Corine Shawi.
Summertime participants included:
A collective project by: Shérine Debs-Harfouche, Joanne Issa, Hisham Jaber, Nadine Ghanem, Rania Majed, Rania Rafei, Halim Sabbagh, Corine Shawi, Rana Salem and Myriam Sassine.
Time Lapse participants included:
Maher Abi Samra, Ziad Antar, Nadim Asfar, Mahmoud Hojeij, Lamia Joreige, Wael Noureddine and Ghassan Salhab.