Jul 7, 2008

Final Year Project | Imagined Cities

Throughout my research, I collected several recollections of Martyr’s Square by different individuals, all describing the space as it was experienced in different periods. The collection of past accounts and experiences of a space that no longer exists triggered me to imagine, and allowed me to capture the lost sense of belonging by remembering, forgetting, fabricating, and describing an experience of the city. I chose to represent the memory of a space through the space of imagination. The narratives are derived from personal experiences of the space and reflect on an everyday dialect between the space and its occupants through different periods of its history. The narratives offer snapshot impressions that represent a recollected memory, and further, a subjective linear reading of the space.I have created narratives, of four imagined cities, in the means to narrate the memory of a space that becomes a space of memory, an imagined space. By doing so, I am constructing an unattainable city experience through the representations of memory. Each of my imagined cities is describing the accounts of different people who experienced the space in the following periods: City of desires (Pre-war), City of Amnesia (Civil war), City of Order (Post-war), City Of Obsessions (Current).


City of Desires | Poster I am walking in a city. I see Raja. He is from the mountains. He is stuck in a moment. He told me about el Balad, and I imagined it.
 
A representation of a memory.
Martyr's Square | before civil war 1960s-75


City of Amnesia | Poster
I am walking in a city. I see Abd. He is Sunni. He has a hole in his head. He told me about the green line, and I imagined it.
 
A representation of a memory.
Martyr's Square| civil war 1975-92



City of Order | Poster I am walking in a city. I see Hind. She is from the Gulf. She is amused. She told me about Solidere, and I imagined it.
 
A representation of a memory. Martyr's Square| post-civil war 1992-2005


City of Obsessions | Poster I am walking in a city. I see a crowd. They are in a Square. They are imagining cities. I retreat and document.
 
A representation of a memory. Martyr's Square| post-Hariri Assassination
2005-