Tomorrow We Will See

“Tomorrow We Will See” is a documentary that plays off of the Lebanese vernacular expression “bokra min shoof” which literally means tomorrow we will see, but it’s another way of saying “inshallah” or God willing. It is a common phrase here in Lebanon since people have gotten so used to instability and uncertainty, be it political, economical, social or electrical. This documentary focuses on artistic outlets used in the country.

As stated in the YouTube description for the trailer:

“Tomorrow We Will See” (“Bukra Minshouf”) offers a window into Lebanon’s flourishing creative culture through the perspective of ten Lebanese artists. A rock band’s thought-provoking lyrics, a poet’s description of time shrinking, an architect’s experimental manipulation of space, and a painter’s reflections on his choice of colors, reveal the process by which the featured artists transform ideas, sketches, and spaces into vibrant and dynamic works of art. A common trait that unites the artists is their talent of using art as a tool for transcending sectarian divisions and encouraging freedom of thought. Through their own artistic expressions, they have overcome decades of social and political instability and the uncertainties of what tomorrow may bring.”

 Ceramic Wall titled “From Earth to Heavens”

One example of artistic expression that seems to be disregarded is a mural done on the Bahri road going towards Dbayeh (near Qarantina). This mosaic mural was done in 2009 by Lena Kelekian. She is a visual artist, iconographer, muralist, restorer, geologist, environmental designer, mosaicist, lecturer, and curator. Her extensive education began at AUB where she graduated with a BS in Geology. 

“The distinctive feature of Kelekian’s iconography is her use of traditional Byzantine methods and natural pigments. As a geologist, Kelekian learned how to extract colors from minerals.

“I rediscovered 89 mineral-extracted colors, and discovered a few types of green and yellow.” In keeping with Byzantine methods, she paints her icons in an egg tempera (the egg being the biblical symbol of life and fertility) and embellishes the gold or silver backgrounds with precious and semi-precious stones and pearls.”

Read the full article in AUB’s Main Gate Spring 2006 issue here.

She also has a Higher Studies Diploma in Theology from the Higher Institute for Religious Formation in France, a Higher Studies Diploma in Research & Restoration from UCL, and a Doctorate Degree in Fine Arts from Greci Marino Academy of Letters, Arts & Sciences in Italy. 

She is an “Olympic artist” because her work had been selected to represent Lebanon and the Middle East in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. According to Al Shorfashe “won the gold medal at the recent Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition in London, adding a second Olympic gold and the 16th first prize in her career as an artist.” (Am I the only one that didn’t know medals were awarded for art?)

The public benches on the Manara seaside in Ain Mraisse are also mosaic artworks done by Kelekian in an earlier project from 2004.

Kelekian claims to be brewing a surprise come March 2013: inviting a thousand foreign artists to organize an exhibition in central Beirut. 

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