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What do we need to know about the MENA region today?

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
1 June 2011


In Lebanon, we live surrounded by dead people looking at us. Since the beginning of the civil wars, posters have covered the walls of the city. They are images of men, martyrs who died tragically while fighting or on mission, or who were political figures and were murdered.

For years, we have been photographing the posters of martyrs belonging to different parties, religions or creeds in various regions of the country, from south to north. But we only select posters greatly deteriorated by time. The features of those represented have been progressively erased by time and wear.

We photographed those images at various stages of their progressive disappearance. Then, with the help of a graphic designer and various draftsmen, we attempted to recover certain features, to accentuate others, to bring back a lasting image by drawing a face, a trace, matter.

Can the image come back?

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

are artists and filmmakers based between Paris and Beirut.

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