BIN MATAR HOUSE
THE EVER LASTING NOW
30 November 2014
Memory of the Place
4:00pm to 7:00pm
“THE EVER LASTING NOW” is a documentary project, which aims to capture the beauty of a slowly disappearing heritage. While conveying the appearance of neglect, the message is one of hope, that despite the dilapidation, there is still beauty in abundance that needs care and looking after. ‘The Everlasting Now’ seeks to provoke questions such as ‘what happened to this heritage?’ ‘Why has it been neglected for so long?’ but most importantly, ‘what can be done to preserve it?’
The project blurs the lines between documentation and narrative. While the documentary objective is to visually preserve the Hejaz heritage at this moment in time, in its present state of decay. The project reach beyond documentation in its multilayered approach in story telling, to paint a fuller picture with conflicting emotions. The sweet sensations of nostalgia, appreciation of beauty and sentimentality are tainted by sadness, anger, and anxiety.
More than anything, this project is an attempt to raise awareness and is a call to action. This heritage is a gift as well as a responsibility and we must all do our best to preserve it before it is too late.