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Installation by Dominique Kippelen

@ The Hangar (UMAM D&R)

May 25 – June 11, 2006

Dominique Kippelen’s installation centered on space and rapprochement. By employing the image of pigeons, with their rich history of carrying messages across vast distances in Europe and the Middle East, Kippelen reminds viewers of the many methods nature uses to overcome distance. Kippelen incorporated the feature of memory into her work by referencing the many people and neighborhoods in Beirut that work with pigeons, which she accomplished by writing their names on the installation. She also reminded viewers that even in a city so fundamentally divided, pigeon keeping connects neighborhoods to one another.

Interestingly, the installation was interactive in that it invited people to write their impressions about overcoming distance on pieces of paper that were attached to the wall of the installation.

More about Dominique Kippelen: www.dominiquekippelen.com