• Rasha Kotaiche

Previous work and Current Ideas

Previous Work

My previous work focused on cultural identity,

going from exploring nationality and ethnicity,

to generation and recently looking at religion.

I made the work in Lebanon, Kuwait and the UK,

where I focused on the state of Lebanon, my

memories of Kuwait and portraits of those close

to me here in England. What I want to do is bring

that together and have a series built from portraits

of people, where I gather their experiences, and a

documentation of the land to show the structural

scars and history this country holds with pride;

they have rebuilt yet they decided not to cover up

all that they have been through (why is that? To

prove a point? Or inability to actually do so?) and

through the use of archives.

Current Ideas

ONE: To be a woman in Lebanon; exploring how laws,

influence of religions and colonialism have

changed across the past 100 years in direct

correlation to women

Women, as its been common in most countries,

have a lack of rights. Women in Lebanon are seen

to have more rights than anywhere else in the Arab

world. They can dress more liberally, move around

the country with ease; i.e travel alone. However,

women can not pass on their nationality to their child;

the child must take their father’s nationality. Lebanese

law does not recognise spousal rape as an offense.

(Article 522) a law that stated that if the man could

provide evidence of marriage, he would avoid punishment.

In many cases the rapist would force their victim to marry

them. This has now been abolished.

TWO:100 Years of Lebanon; through colonisation,

conflict and corruption. Where will this revolution lead to next?

In the past 100 years Lebanon was colonised by France

in 1920 and regained independence in late 1943. After the

state of Israel was declared in 1948, there came a series

of civil wars, as well as the use of Lebanon as a battle

ground between israel and different Arab states. As time

has gone on, they have experienced being without a

government, going 4 years without a president.