Lena Irmgard Merhej
(thesis advisor)Mark Stafford
(thesis advisor)Juliet Martin
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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