IN AN ATTEMPT TO GUARD, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY PHOTOGRAPHER & SENIOR STUDENT JOE GHANEM
Winner of the Byblos Bank award for photography 2017, Joe Ghanem is a senior NDU photography student. He will be exhibiting ’In An Attempt To Guard’ his first solo photography show at Byblos Bank headquarters – Ashrafieh on Thursday April 19, 2018 starting 6:00pm.
In an attempt to understand Lebanon’s fragile security status as a result of living in the shadow of multiple wars and continuous political uncertainties, I curiously researched the frequent recruitment of senior men as security guards to watch over private facilities, companies, and malls…
These men try their best to watch over a country in crisis while their health, physical capability and age, struggle to abide to the challenge.
Through extended work hours and cold night shifts, I followed the men in uniforms and tried to document the parallelism represented through their private stations within a few square meters, and our country as a whole.
And while some of us assume that by the age of 60, retirement plans should be prioritized, these men still have a long way to go. Standing tall to lead by example, senior security guards stationed around the country, constitute a case study which documents an aspect of our society and an interpretation of the adjectives accompanying the word Lebanon in the headlines: fragile and at risk.
This is Joe Ghanem’s first solo exhibition.
Ghanem won the Byblos Bank Award for photography in 2017 and is currently majoring in photography at Notre Dame University.