Cherine Fahd: Operation Nose Nose Operation

10 May – 3 June 2000

Cherine Fahd explores the changing face of Australia in a direct and humourous manner. Operation Nose Nose Operation is a quirky performance-based photographic installation which invokes both fashion and identity through the large and quite dominant noses of Arabic and Mediterranean people. In search of noses to cast, Fahd has taken Operation Nose Nose Operation to the local high schools, universities, pubs and bars of Beirut, Lebanon, casting and bandaging unwary participants’ noses with an almost surgical precision.

Operation Nose Nose Operation is part of an international project titled Sydney/Beirut – Beirut/Sydney.

Operation Nose Nose Operation is an official event of the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week Festival.

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Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation, installation view, 2000, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy the artist.

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Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation, installation view, 2000, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy the artist.

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L-R: Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Nathalie), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Khalo Maurice Azouri), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Cisi), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Sylvana), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Andre Azouri), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Nathalie’s Friend), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Cherril), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. All images courtesy the artist.

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Left to right from top: Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (unknown), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Ziko), 1999-2000, colour prints, 51 x 60 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Najib), 1999-2000, colour prints, 51 x 60 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Fulvio), 1999-2000, colour prints, 51 x 60 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Fuzzy Wuzzy), 1999-2000, colour prints, 51 x 60 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Marwan), 1999-2000, colour prints, 51 x 60 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Helen), 1999-2000, colour prints, 51 x 60 cm. All images courtesy the artist.
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L-R: Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Mireille + Pauline), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Noriko), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (unknown), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. All images courtesy the artist.
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Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Noriko), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. 

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Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (unknown), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy the artist.
Header image: Cherine Fahd, Operation Nose Nose Operation (Jido + Teta), 1999-2000, colour prints, 74 x 50 cm. Courtesy the Artist.