one day i fell in love with a boy who was in love with birds. he could recognize them from their songs.
i was telling this to my friend ali in the paris metro, and he told me that he could also recognize the different sounds of bombs falling on beirut.
drawing for Safir newspaper, 2005
"99 recipes to give a taste of reading" is a manual for librarians on activities around reading and books in public libraries (available in arabic).
Authors: Nawal Traboulsi & Marie Rivière, Assabil publications, Beirut 2008.
I had been sitting in the living room for an hour under the sound of Israeli planes and bombs when I asked:
"So this is it? This is what people do during the war? They just sit home and wait to be bombed?"
And it happened to be so. If your neighborhood or your house is not being bombed, you stay in, or under it when possible, and wait. Wait for the bombing to stop. You can also shout, cook, listen to the radio, or make love, wash the floor, bite your nails, eat, get worried or be horrified.
(drawing exhibited at the "Nafas Beirut" exhibition, curated by xanadu* in collaboration with Espace SD, Beirut | October 13-November 17, 2006.)
This is the story of the lyrebird from Australia, named because of the shape of the feathers of his tail, which is like a lyre. He attracts females by imitating the sounds from his surroundings, including the calls of other birds. Recent times have brought new sounds to the forest. The lyrebird now imitates sounds and songs from radios, car alarms, mobile phones, and the clicking of photo camera shutters…
The lyrebird now imitates the sounds of the chainsaw that is cutting the trees on which he lives.
drawing for Safir newspaper, october 2008
(translated text: Daniela Peluso)