ISAAC AT BAR
Comprised of photographs and a collection of micro videos, UK artist Isaac Blease surveys the contemporary use of CHARMLAND, an abandoned country club in Awkar. Since its closure in 2006 following the conflict with Israel, it has found itself inhabited by migrant workers, refugees, skateboarders and a garbage municipality, subsequently becoming a microcosm for many of Lebanon’s contemporary issues. Instead of focusing simply on these problems that have made ‘Charmland’ what it is today, Blease’s work shows an alternative and diverse space, with multiple uses and users, forming an undercurrent of coexistence in 2016.
Isaac Blease, 1992, is a British photographer based in Falmouth, United Kingdom. His work investigates preconceived versions of truth and the social and historical complexities simmering behind its apparent solidity. This has led him to photograph Hip-Hop rappers living in rural Cornwall and most recently the Butterfly collection left to him by his late Grandfather.
Artist name: Isaac Blease
Dates of residency: May - July 2016
Hometown: Truro, United Kingdom
Lives and works: Falmouth, United Kingdom
Education: 2012-2015 - BA HONS, Documentary Photography, University South Wales, Newport