The same procedure as last year? 

Part 1 

Abir Kobeissi – The Same procedure as last year? – reading performance 2021

 

Imagine you are in a love relationship with a significant other, and this person and abusive and treats you badly. Imagine this was not a person that you could simply leave, it’s your own country, it’s names will be stuck to you your whole life, it’s your identity, it’s you!

But you know, I’ve always felt happier in Lebanon.

 

“My German neighbor asked me the other day :  “ Du Abir sag mal , wieso habt ihr in dem Libanon so eine niedrige Selbstmordzahl? Es ist nur 3 pro 100.000 Einwohner, im vergleich mit Deutschland 17 , Russland 30 .

Ich habe ihn geantwortet nach ein paar Sekunden beim denken: Weil wir eine tolle leckere Küche haben, die Menschen wollen länger leben um das Essen länger zu geniessen! “ 

 

Er sagte: “ oh das kann möglich sein, es ist in Italien auch 3 pro 100.000 Einwohner.” Er ist Fan der italienschen Küche !

 

In his mind maybe he wondered why the Lebanese don’t commit more suicide in such times of hunger and misery, as if they should be killing themselves more because of the struggle they have! 

 

I’m tired of cooking only for myself.

The oil, the loyalty, I need to belong.

 

Pinus Linea, or European pine, Lebanon’s white gold, a native to the Mediterranean.

 

The same procedure as last year? NO.

 

It’s about Habits, Individualism, Habit.

Peace Societies are less happy? 

More war less suicide? 

 

Nothing has changed , be assured, everything is fine.

 

 

Fattoush, verb Fatta in Arabic, he made the bread into small pieces.

Fatta, fatfata, moufatfat, fatafiton, fatta al khobza.

A traditional salad in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan.

A plate like this would cost ¼ of the minimum wage salary in Lebanon today.

 

Hadi Boustany, another 24 year old Lebanese medical student, leaving Lebanon to Germany, my former Gerrman Language student, visited me in Munich in August 2020, a week after the Port explosion.

While Hadi was here, I asked my mom what shall I send you with Hadi, she said : “Send me some Earl Grey Tea , I can’t find it here”

 

Did you know this room of the historical Aula where we are now, was built especially for hanging these Tappisserie ? 

 

You think you eat healthier ? Here I am more sick, there healthier riskier.

We can also orally consume this art work.

I end the performance by shooting pictures of the audience.

 

Abir Kobeissi – The Same procedure as last year? – reading performance 2021
Abir Kobeissi – The Same procedure as last year? – reading performance 2021
Abir Kobeissi – The Same procedure as last year? – reading performance 2021
Abir Kobeissi – The Same procedure as last year? – reading performance 2021
Abir Kobeissi – The Same procedure as last year? – reading performance 2021