Mireille Astore is an artist, poet and an art scholar. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her PhD entitled Missing Lebanon: Art & Autobiography at the University of Western Sydney . She has had numerous solo and group shows and in 2003 she won the National Photographic Purchase Award. Her video Not From Here is now touring the UK as part of the Paranoia exhibition and will be shown at the Coding/Decoding exhibition at the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde. She is published widely in Australia, Europe and America in scholarly books and journals.
" 3494 Houses + 1 fence"
In " 3494 Houses + 1 fence" (2006) 6 min. video by Mireille and Fabian Astore, the street scape of Broken Hill, "the accessible outback" country town of Australia, is seen from the viewing platform of a Lebanese reality. Houses, neat, some pretty, some with children playing in front collide with sounds remembered from so long ago, maybe from one of Beirut's many wars, maybe even from future wars. There, exponential repetition sets apathy on a collision course with fear where mangled silences interrupt - but only to disrupt the remnants of safe living and to send eidetic shock waves through rose-colored lenses. The question of responsibility then emerges to demand, if not an answer, then a pause for grief, for consideration due to the boundaries of the senses and the centrality of the body's - any-body's - pain and sorrow.