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"Memory for Forgetfulness" : Registering/Effacing the Memory of the Lebanese War
by Ashraf Osman
"In this age of memorials, it is customary to think of architecture as a means of commemoration. Indeed, as a synthetic physical act, architecture has long been a common and prevalent means of giving a commemorative presence to memory. However, by giving physicality to memory, architecture offers simultaneously its means of annihilation, thus becoming an ideal means of achieving its antithesis, oblivion. And just like memory, a finite selective process, architecture inescapably embodies an act of exclusion as well. As such architecture emerges as an ideal vehicle for oblivion as much as it is for memory."
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Statistics
by Nada Sehnaoui
"In November 1990, the war in Lebanon was declared over. A few months later, a short article of statistics was published in The Boston Globe, The New York Times and Le Monde, summarizing the Lebanese war in few figures. I found it stunning to see that seventeen years of our lives had been summarized in such a small text."
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Sarajevo
by Nada Sehnaoui
"In 1975, I lived with my family in Ashrafieh, one of Beirutís neighborhoods and went to the Carmel Saint-Joseph School located then in Verdun, another neighborhood of Beirut. One day, the driver taking us to school, stopped at the beginning of Mathaf Street, a street that links Ashrafieh to Verdun, realizing that driving through would be suicidal. Suddenly, going to school became a crossing issue, and Beirut, a fragmented city.
Years later, I was living in Boston, when images from the war in ex-Yugoslavia and especially Sarajevo started bouncing into my life through the press and Television. It strongly felt as a continuation of the same madness that had struck Lebanon."
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Peindre LíOrient-Le Jour
by Nada Sehnaoui
Everyday and during the whole year 1999, Nada Sehnaoui painted the front cover of the Lebanese newspaper L'Orient Le Jour.