The Villa Al Qamar is a multidisciplinary artistic residency programme run by the Institut français in Lebanon and supported by the Institut français’ "La Fabrique des résidences" programme. It aims to strengthen cultural exchanges between France and Lebanon.
The Villa is located within the branch of the Institut français in Lebanon which is overseeing the project in Deir El Qamar, within the walls of an old caravanserai and the adjoining old synagogue, in the historic village of Deir El Qamar and the mountainous Chouf region.
In 2021, starting in April, the Villa welcomes the three winning projects which will be invited to develop their creative work in relation to the Lebanese territory of the Chouf and engaging with the current social and political issues.
Laurence Yared : « Résurgences »
For the "Résurgences" project Laurence Yared invites us to reflect on architectural remains and ornaments that have disappeared, been reduced to dust or debris as the result of tragic events throughout history, as is the case in Deir El Qamar and in the Chouf.
Fabrice Henry : « Liban 202X »
His "Liban 202X" project is a documentary production told by Lebanese people from all walks of life: the chroniclers. They will give a day by day account of their Lebanon. “Liban 202X" is a diary of anticipation, a travel log where all the participants are invited to collectively imagine the Lebanon of the future
Simon Thierrée and Maria Harfouche : « Tempo fragile »
Together they present "Tempo fragile", an investigation into the forces of resistance and resilience that emerge to counter collapse. Drawing on the stories, images, songs and traditions of the Lebanese Chouf, "Tempo fragile" aims to tell a factual story about the lives of people in these uncertain times, a breath of resistance. Their project will culminate in a film-concert, an imagery journey in music.