Assistant Professor Jad Melki's La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beaute des Paroles installation celebrates the early love shared between his parents. A faculty member of the American University of Beirut, Melki recreated the affectionate love letters that his mother once sent to his father while in Sierra Leone.
Melki's father was also at the American University of Beirut, separating him from his spouse. It was then that she would write him passionate words, and these words have been replicated here in the form of wire. His father would read them in bed, hence Melki's choice of an exposed mattress. The title is taken from an exact sentence that was written in 1974, adding a sentimental quality to the exhibit.
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