Written and photographed by journalist Carla Henoud, Le Chariot de Farah is a fictional book that explores the tale of Farah the third generation of a family of fruit vendors at the Corniche. The book signing and exhibition opening under the same title will be held on Thursday, October 18 at Maison Rabih Keyrouz.
Though Henoud’s interest in photography started at the age of eighteen, upon graduating from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts – ALBA, with a degree in graphic design, she abandoned her camera and invested her time in becoming a journalist.
Three years ago Carla’s passion for photography returned. As a therapeutic exercise that challenges her photographically, she began to visually document the vibrant Corniche, an area rooted in Beirut’s history and known for its tolerance and acceptance of individuals that come from different social, economic, political and cultural backgrounds.
Inspired by the many narratives, of the people that Henoud met on her journey. Le Chariot de Farah is a story narrated through the eyes of Farah a fictional three generational family of fruit vendors that work on the Corniche. Farah’s character is based on Ali, a man Henoud interviewed some years ago for an article she wrote for L’orient Le Jour.
Carefully designed by photographer François Sargologo, the small book intends to blur the lines between fact and fiction, reality and make-believe. Paired with large photographs that will be mounted on the vast walls of Maison Rabih Keyrouz, the publication and exhibition are a personal testament of an intimate experience that sheds light on society’s most tolerant, accepting and understanding place in Lebanon. It brings a sense of happiness and beauty while sharing a new hopeful perspective on a country that has been tainted by its many histories.
The book signing of Le Chariot de Farah and exhibition opening under the same name will take place on October 18, at 6 pm at Maison Rabih Keyrouz.
The exhibition will be held between October 18 and November 10.