Majd Abdel Hamid,
800 meters (how long was the thread) IV, 2022
linen, indigo-dyed cotton
20.7 x 18.6 cm
800 meters (how long was the thread)
cotton thread on fabric
A recent sketch, 800 meters, refers to the countless stitches performed in people after the August 4, 2020 explosion at the port of Beirut, which mutilated a city and population already devastated by the summer 2019 crisis and the years of corruption that preceded it. Wounded, his head stitched up and still in shock, Majd Abdel Hamid interrupted the white rectangle he was working on and set about three more embroi- deries before finishing it, his wrist swollen. The irrepressible need to repeat a gesture in response to an unspoken anguish is all about compulsion – the unstoppable need to repeat a gesture. This automatism solves nothing and constitutes in its turn a form of anxiety. An operation of filling up time, the compulsion transposed into an artistic gesture builds an object all the more charged with meaning that it delivers no explicit message - there is no enunciation regarding its mechanism, which is a trauma.