Visual artist and filmmaker Lamia Joreige uses archival documents and fictitious elements to reflect on the relation between individual stories and collective history. Her work explores the possibilities of representing the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, using Beirut as the centre of her imagery.
Replay Bis (2002, 9min, video and super 8)
The starting point of Replay Bis is the idea of rupture in a time and place that are undefined. The story, which might have been experienced or dreamt, is repeated in various formats. Images appear as reminiscences of the past as well as attempts to reconstruct a narrative.
Here and Perhaps Elsewhere (2003, 54min, video)
Countless individuals disappeared during the Lebanese civil war. In most cases, the bodies were never found and the circumstances of their disappearance unknown. Traveling through Beirut and asking the inhabitants one same question Do you know of anyone who was kidnapped here during the war?"), Lamia Joreige attempts to trigger the process of memory and reveal the multiplicity of existing discourses on the war.
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