The Last Garden

Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi  |  The Arab Documentary Photography Program  |  2021  |  Lebanon
“The Last Garden” offers a visual record of the last patches of green in Beirut, where citizens, of their own accord and out of a passion for the earth, harvest herbs, vegetables, fruits and natural by-products such as honey, as well as raise chickens and other animals. In a city that has almost completely evicted the natural world, forgotten and abandoned lots are slowly reclaimed by nature, while a timid practice of gardening and farming crawls out through the cracks. The photographic series looks at these two forces from several angles: the landscape, the portraits, and the artefacts.