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Peace Be Upon You - Video
A'Salaam Aleykum: Peace Be Upon You was the third of the four events that featured in the Fondazione Merz's "Meteorite in Giardino 2", a visual arts exhibition curated by Maria Centonze in 2009 and titled after a work by Mario Merz, dated 1976. The "basin" outside the Fondazione- which is the space that was used as a container for the tanks of the former heating plant- hosted a cycle of installations.
The installation displayed the word "Allah" in Arabic letters: a rotating 4-meter-tall sculpture made of glass mirror tiles reflected the lights from the pink spot lights placed on the borders of the Fondazione's outer basin.
The installation included a DJ set by Ayla Hibri, who recreated the atmosphere of the Beirut dance scene, and was completed by a screen projection of images celebrating everyday life in Lebanon. Visitors took part in the performance, dancing in an attempt to break boundaries and come together. To heal through dance, under the light of peace.
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