Ninar Esber (b. 1971, lives and works in Beirut and Paris) builds monumental structures, and her performances, photographs, and videos rely on the centrality of the body, often situated within these architectural spaces. Her work is consistently imbued with a performative air by her use of real-time filming and deliberate artifice, and through its inhabitation by characters, often of the mythological type, that range from Marilyn Monroe to the archetypal female superhero and use her own body. She has had solo exhibitions at L’appartement 22 (Rabat), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and Silpakorn University (Bangkok), and has authored the book Conversations avec Adonis, mon père (Seuil, 2006).
"The 2 Ladders" is a massive site-specific installation in two parts, produced at the Lot 219 Workshop of L’appartement 22 in Fez. The physical work, which is lit up to be visible from the meeting room’s window, originates at the center of the Lot 219 Workshop and reaches towards the top of the mountain to the north of Fez. The artist also stands on this structure in a performance; this is a continuation of her series of works where she stands on extant buildings to create visibility for the body within space. The works alludes, as often do her films, to mythological and literary references such as Saint Simeon on his column.