Multidisciplinary artist and composer Zad Moultaka represented Lebanon at the 57th Venice Biennale. With his monumental work ŠamaŠ, Zad Moultaka combines musical inventiveness with artistic research in a radical approach where technology gives meaning to something archaic.
By making a monumental bomber engine sing and by placing it in front of a gleaming wall evocative of the golden calf, he uses a crepuscular, chanting relic to attempt to ward off the foretold Arab apocalypse. He confronts barbarity with his own weapons, making a vibrant appeal arising from a synergy of forms, materials and sounds.
This book, featuring gold embossing on a black cover, contains an introduction by exhibition curator Emmanuel Daydé, a text by Chris Wilson on the history of the Rolls Royce engine used in the installation and a text by the Lebanese author Issa Makhlouf placing the work in its historical perspective.