Laurian Ghinițoiu has donated The Enemy Fires Back, a photograph shot on September 3, 2020—a month after the blast. It is the first print from a limited edition (8 + 2 A.P.), and it is signed by the artist.

 

Describing his photograph, Ghinițoiu writes, “The contemporary architecture scene in Lebanon was profoundly inspired by the civil war that devastated the country. Architects who grew up in Beirut’s heavily militarized zones, under the sounds of missiles and next to concrete scars, infused these familiarities into their buildings. Offering his own interpretation of events, architect Bernard Khoury had erected a standing guardian, a commanding structure ‘pointing his canons towards the enemy.’ Integrated within the political context and the urban fabric, the tower was a potent conceptual reaction to the situation.”

 

He goes on: “On August 4, 2020, another unfortunate event shook the capital. The Beirut Port’s blast severely damaged more than 800 buildings, including Plot #1072 in the Mar Mikhael area. First to receive and absorb the shock waves, Khoury’s ravaged highrise was only 500m far from ground zero. Sadly, the canons were not enough to hold the adversary back. Thirty years later, ‘the enemy’ fires back.”

 

The other prints from this limited edition series—along with other photographs from Ghinițoiu’s ongoing documentation of Beirut—will be included in an upcoming exhibition. That future presentation will also aim to raise funds to support Beirut’s rebuilding; Ghinițoiu plans to donate proceeds to Lebanese NGOs that are repairing doors and windows of the 70,000 affected homes.

 

Romanian-born Laurian Ghinițoiu uses photography as an instrument to document the built environment. He studied architecture in Romania before going on to earn his Master’s degree at Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA) in Germany in 2014. His photographs have received distinctions in international architecture photography competitions such as Arcaid Awards (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018); Sony Awards (2016); and the Architecture Photography Awards (2017, 2018, 2019), where he was, notably, named overall winner for 2019.

 

Ghinițoiu's work is featured by major publishers such as Domus, El Croquis, and Taschen, and selected for covers for the likes of Architectural Record and A+U. He has documented the work of well-established architectural practices such as David Chipperfield, David Adjaye, OMA, BIG, and SO_IL, as well as emerging offices like Karamukkuo and SUO, among others.


DESIGNER/

Laurian Ghinițoiu

DATE/

September, 2020

MATERIALS/

Fine Art Print

DIMENSIONS/

100 x 66 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Laurian Ghinițoiu The Enemy Fires Back Photographic Print; Ed. 1/8, Signed $2,000

Laurian Ghinițoiu has donated The Enemy Fires Back, a photograph shot on September 3, 2020—a month after the blast. It is the first print from a limited edition (8 + 2 A.P.), and it is signed by the artist.

 

Describing his photograph, Ghinițoiu writes, “The contemporary architecture scene in Lebanon was profoundly inspired by the civil war that devastated the country. Architects who grew up in Beirut’s heavily militarized zones, under the sounds of missiles and next to concrete scars, infused these familiarities into their buildings. Offering his own interpretation of events, architect Bernard Khoury had erected a standing guardian, a commanding structure ‘pointing his canons towards the enemy.’ Integrated within the political context and the urban fabric, the tower was a potent conceptual reaction to the situation.”

 

He goes on: “On August 4, 2020, another unfortunate event shook the capital. The Beirut Port’s blast severely damaged more than 800 buildings, including Plot #1072 in the Mar Mikhael area. First to receive and absorb the shock waves, Khoury’s ravaged highrise was only 500m far from ground zero. Sadly, the canons were not enough to hold the adversary back. Thirty years later, ‘the enemy’ fires back.”

 

The other prints from this limited edition series—along with other photographs from Ghinițoiu’s ongoing documentation of Beirut—will be included in an upcoming exhibition. That future presentation will also aim to raise funds to support Beirut’s rebuilding; Ghinițoiu plans to donate proceeds to Lebanese NGOs that are repairing doors and windows of the 70,000 affected homes.

 

Romanian-born Laurian Ghinițoiu uses photography as an instrument to document the built environment. He studied architecture in Romania before going on to earn his Master’s degree at Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA) in Germany in 2014. His photographs have received distinctions in international architecture photography competitions such as Arcaid Awards (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018); Sony Awards (2016); and the Architecture Photography Awards (2017, 2018, 2019), where he was, notably, named overall winner for 2019.

 

Ghinițoiu's work is featured by major publishers such as Domus, El Croquis, and Taschen, and selected for covers for the likes of Architectural Record and A+U. He has documented the work of well-established architectural practices such as David Chipperfield, David Adjaye, OMA, BIG, and SO_IL, as well as emerging offices like Karamukkuo and SUO, among others.


DESIGNER/

Laurian Ghinițoiu

DATE/

September, 2020

MATERIALS/

Fine Art Print

DIMENSIONS/

100 x 66 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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