Anthony Saroufim Captures the Incomplete Tripoli International Fair

By: Joey Haar - Aug 14, 2016
References: anthonysaroufim & archdaily
In 1963, legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer designed a series of 15 buildings for the exhibition center of the Tripoli International Fair in Lebanon. The massive project, however, was never brought to realization. In 1975, Lebanon underwent a civil war, and the Tripoli International Fair's project was abandoned.

Never taken up again, the buildings remain unfinished, and French-Lebanese photographer Anthony Saroufim's series of images from around the grounds shows the ghostly tranquility of such a scene.

Some images in the series emphasize the emptiness of the grounds, showing row upon row of empty stadium seats in reference to the people pushed out by civil war. Others ironically lambaste the hope that was once in the architecture, showing abstract, upward striving images of an arch on the Tripoli International Fair's incomplete grounds.