Vehicles of Memory
Project by Nora Niasari
This project is a short film exploring the present memory of Beirut through the lens of the taxi driver. The film has a constant reference to Martyrs square which acts as a compass for the city, connecting 4 major districts including the Corniche, Bachoura, Gemmayze and Hamra.
MARTYRâ€™s SQUARE if the static surveillance for the city with people crossing its path throughout the day and taking a moment to remember. The taxi service is the mobile apparatus for surveillance that relentlessly searches for passengers to cross paths and temporary borders. A conversation emerges between the taxi drivers that operates on 3 levels of memory:
1_Collective memory through the physical boundary of the Green Line
2_Subjective memory through the object of the Martyrs Square postcard
3_Objective memory through the National symbol of the Martyrs Square Statue