Chalk Line | 2013
2 Chalk Line Reels. Variable dimensions. Ed.1/5 + 2 AP From the series "The Shortest Distance Between Two Points"
'The Shortest Distance Between Two Points' uses material from TAPLine as devices to propose an alternative way of traveling the region and understanding its development. The TAPLine Company was established in 1946 as a joint venture between Caltex, Esso, and Mobil. TAPLine was formed to build and operate a 1213 kilometer long, 78 centimeter wide steel tube to transport oil through land from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, crossing the border of five political entities in a region that is very conscious of its demarcated lines. In 1983, the line could no longer sustain the pressure from layered and adjacent political interests and the company was dissolved.
The infrastructure rendered abstract through disuse and abandonment, offers a link to the present through the past. The company's imprint is the record of a rise and a fall, and the arc that binds them. It's shadow runs parallel to the shifts in the land. Stationary, rulers, tags, logos, slides, lines and the pipe itself become spectres through which to address the political, geographic and social transformations in the region since the end of World War II.
The Chalk Line illustrates the lines of transport before and after the formation and decline of the TAPline project.
Biography of the artist
Born in Lebanon. 1983
Works and Lives in Beirut
Tabet began studying architecture at the American University of Beirut before transferring to The Cooper Union in 2004, where he received his B.Arch. in 2008. He received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2011 before returning to live and work in Beirut in 2012.
He is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award of the Sharjah Biennial (2011), the Jury Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize (2012) and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013).
His work was featured in the Sharjah Biennial X in 2011, The Ungovernables: The New Museum Triennial in 2012, the Venice Biennial in 2013, and The 2016 Marrakech Biennial.
He is currently in Berlin as a 2016 DAAD art resident.
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