Nilu Izadi : The Yellow House. interior projection, 2010.
“Nilu Izadi utilizes the bullet holes on Beirut’s historic landmark Yellow House as apertures for an actual camera obscura. […] A landmark of French Mandate style architecture designed by Youseff Aftima for the Barakat family in 1924, the Yellow House was once peacefully positioned on the outskirts of Beirut. But as time passed, development spread and the house was absorbed into the fabric of the city. By 1982, the house was at the center of the Iran-Iraq war straddling the very line between East and West, strategic for Chrisitian Militia snipper activity. As a result of the ensuing conflict, bullet holes and looting ravaged the house. 28 years later, Nilu Izadi used the house as a site-specific photographic event—with one bullet hole and a darkened room, she transformed the house into a camera obscura. This action, in the name of art, reclaimed the Yellow House from its violent past.”