When the system can offer no real explanation for the events or its aftermath, how does this affect a public? What form of disempowerment does it manifest? The Lebanese government’s strategy of denial is partly explained by the structure of the postwar political system. The search for truth is mortgaged to ensure that civil peace would not be threatened. What becomes clear, in this state of helplessness, is that the public resorts to, and often relies on, their memory and what this memory produces of narratives and tales and alternative facts.

 

Public Hearing 1 calls witnesses of car bombs in Lebanon to testify.

 The data collected from
the interviews are laid out in a poster that highlighted the car, its color, model and year of manufacturing, positioned in the center while the rest of the information is placed vertically on the side. The posters, positioned in a space following a grid, with the coordinates of the year on one side and the months on the other side, contradict with the real facts indicated on the floor as circular dots.

The witness statements are transcribed on paper and uploaded online as audio.

What began as an attempt to create space for us to remember ended up becoming an oral record of our lived history and collective memory.

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