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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2001 ➔ Reckoning the Lebanese War Events: AI Ahdeth Or, 'who remembers who killed whom?'


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Lena Irmgard Merhej (designer)
Katie Salen (thesis advisor)
Mark Stafford (thesis advisor)
Juliet Martin (thesis advisor)




War is narrated, glorified, and mystified by rhetoric, which shifts its  understanding for specific concerns. War is presented as heroic, while  it is about massacres and destruction. The Lebanese war lasted from 1975 to 1991, but its history and its recollection are not accessible to the  Lebanese discourse. Memory of the war has been buried or deleted by the  Lebanese themselves. The subject has become taboo.  

Presenting society an alternative war representation disrupts the fixity of that taboo. This form of knowledge can transcend the destruction and harm of war.  

Using representation that is primarily based on my own perception of the  memory of the war and portraying events that were common among a  generation, allows for a space of alternative positioning, and an alternate viewpoint, and provides a new ground for interpretation and interaction with harm.



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