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.


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South

East

West

MARTYR’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

Compass of Beirut axis

North

South

East

West

Taxi Drivers- Haisar_7:15pm_sp: Gemmayze [East]_ep: Martyrs Square

Taxi Drivers- Haisar_7:15pm_sp: Gemmayze [East]_ep: Martyrs Square

Taxi Drivers- Haisar_7:15pm_sp: Gemmayze [East]_ep: Martyrs Square

Taxi Drivers- Haisar_7:15pm_sp: Gemmayze [East]_ep: Martyrs Square

Lens of the city- Haisar_b.1941_original Beiruti_obj: rosary beads with crosses

Taxi Drivers- Ziyad_5:20pm_sp: Corniche [North]_ep: Martyrs Square

Taxi Drivers- Ziyad_5:20pm_sp: Corniche [North]_ep: Martyrs Square

Taxi Drivers- Ziyad_5:20pm_sp: Corniche [North]_ep: Martyrs Square

Taxi Drivers- Ziyad_5:20pm_sp: Corniche [North]_ep: Martyrs Square

Lens of the city- Ziyad_b.1943_original beiruti_obj: turquoise beads

 

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