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 four major districts including the Corniche, Bachoura, Gemmayze, and Hamra.

 


 

North.

 

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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