EYE IN THE SKY
Tagreed Darghouth takes inspiration from war and surveillance in a new exhibit at Agial Gallery in Hamra.
CCTV and security cameras are a familiar fixture in so many parts of the world. Artist Tagreed Darghouth is making them her inspiration with the exhibit “Vision Machines, shall you see me better now?” — currently on display at Hamra’s Agial Gallery.
According to Agial: “Cameras, drones, satellites, or whatever latest technology that’s been added to the lot, they are everywhere, watching everyone, an integrated part of today’s reality.”
Says Agial: “Darghouth thus choreographs an interesting, unexpected, and quite impossible encounter. She places us, the viewers, face to face with these machines, these eyes in the sky that have watched us for so long, but only to make us watch back.”
The title is a reference to academic Paul Virilio’s book “The Vision Machine,” which probes the implications of surveillance and dynamics of viewing in the modern era.
Other works examine weapons and machines of war, for example helicopters and airplanes.
Through these works, Darghouth aims to subvert the traditional power dynamics between weaponry and everyday people, allowing viewers to cast a lens on those watching them.
Exhibit runs through September 26. Abdul Aziz Street, Hamra. tel. +961.134513.