Shall Rise --English
as narrated by Antoine Faddoul
The Phoenix, the firebird that comes from Paradise,
lives five hundred years feeding on aromatic herbs and filling the
air with its heavenly voice, before it perishes and burns in fire.
It would then rise from the ashes to live another five hundred
For thousands of years, the land that carried the
mountains of Lebanon and hugged the Mediterranean Sea was restless.
The cedars that the LORD Himself planted
on the snowy white mountains of Lebanon witnessed the land's
boundaries expanding and shrinking, and those who inhabited the very
first civilized cities suffered numerous invasions destroying their
cities time and again.
However, like the Phoenix, the survivors always rose
from the ruins and rebuilt their homeland in a manner even more
magnificent than it used to be, while the invaders left, no matter
how long they captured the land for. The Phoenix kept flying over
Mount Lebanon with fiery and golden feather, spending its life
narrating the greatness of the land and its people with its
Through history, the Phoenix could not live its full
lifespan, yet it never failed to rise from its ashes to chant the
story of a living nation.
Los Fénix Deben
Renacer --Espanol/ Spanish
Der Phönix wird wieder auferstehen --Deutsch/ German
LFinii’ illa ma y’um --Libnene/ Lebanese
s'élèvera --Français/ French
الفينيق --عربي Arabic
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oversized postcard (8.5"x5.47")
Completed end of 2006,
the painting represents the rebirth of Lebanon through the Phoenix
rising from destroyed Beirut. It is the tale of Lebanon's sorrowful
history with the surrounding nations, and the will of its people to
At the bottom right side, the
figures show a sequence of historic assaults against Lebanon with
the Israeli war of July 2006 in the front. Behind it, a figure of
Beirut falling to Syrian occupation in 1990. Further back, is the
Israeli invasion of 1982. Then the Palestinian guerrillas control of
Beirut in 1980 and so on back in history.
At the bottom-left
side, figures show the revolutions and acts of resistance against
the occupiers. A women holding a dead child, and a kid weeping
over his dead mother brief the will of the Lebanese civilians
against the Israeli attack of 2006. Behind it, the Cedar Revolution
of 2005 that drove the Syrian army out of Lebanon, then acts from
the peaceful resistance against the Syrian occupation since 1990,
and the figures continue back in history marking some historic scenes from Lebanon's revolutions.
The series of Lebanese
revolutions are marked with the Phoenixes rising above the scenes, while the ones
showing the occupation are marked by fire, dark smoke and
The painting was done between July and December 2006.
Featured at Upstream People Gallery Nov 1- Dec 1, 2009 for the 11th Juried Online International Art Exhibition.
The Phoenix Shall Rise, the Song
The Phoenix, the Constellation and Venus Tracing the Phoenix