Lebanon is a country that has been in a continued state of flux for decades. After a bitter civil war was fought for over 15 years, a truce was agreed in 1990. As most of the country tried to return to normality, the southern region remained under occupation. Following the Israeli withdrawal and the defeat of their proxy army in 2000, the Shia militia Hezbollah consolidated control of the region. Today, daily life attempts to resume in South Lebanon, as much larger regional powers are at work influencing new ideological boundaries, reshaping the entire makeup of the Middle-East. This is the calm before the storm, the uncertainty and isolation, as a new ideological boundary is being carved out across the region.
About the Artist:
Mark McGuinness is a photographer from Dublin, Ireland. He works on selected commissions and long term personal projects.
About the Publisher:
PhotoIreland Foundation is a volunteer led organisation dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around Photography in Ireland, and to promoting internationally the work of artists in and from Ireland. PhotoIreland is committed to the cultivation of a deeper and critical understanding of Photography. In 2010, PhotoIreland launched Ireland’s first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: PhotoIreland Festival. It celebrated Ireland’s first Book & Magazine Fair in 2011, dedicated to Photography, which was the germ of The Library Project, a unique public resource library focused on the photobook opened in 2013.