Lina Majdalanie & Rabih Mroué
Second Look

Video / Commissioned work


10 episodes

Paranoia TV

Production specifics
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ’20

You collect a lot of things over the years, often without knowing why or what you want to do with them. Until one day, you spread them out and start looking at them properly. You try to understand why it is you like them and why you might also be ashamed of them at the same time. You attempt to discover or to invent their stories, struggling to give free rein to your emotions or to tame them. As you look at your collection, you might allow memories to return, and you might try to utter them, mixing your stories with their imagined ones. In brief, you might use them to talk about “you”; you, as an inseparable singular from all the other singulars, you, as an unbreakable moment from history. Lina Majdalanie and Rabih Mroué attempt precisely that in their series Second Look. In their rereading of their collection of photographs, different eras meet and pull both the interpreters and the interpreted images into a contradictory maelstrom.

Written and directed by Lina Majdalanie & Rabih Mroué
Voice-over: Rabih Mroué, Lina Majdalanie
Animation: Sarmad Louis
Editing: Rabih Mroué, Sarmad Louis
Photo corrections: Rafi Mrad
English translation: Feyrouz Serhal
Scans: Lama Sabah