PRINT October 2006

Lamia Joreige

HISTORY CONTINUALLY ESCAPES US; we have only its fragments, captured in words, images, and memories. My work of the past ten years has been an attempt to come to grips with this elusiveness and how our rearrangements and reinterpretations of these fragments border on fiction. I collect, erase, invent, capture, miss, and divert, always pointing to the gaps and possible losses in what is remembered—individually, collectively, officially.

Here and Perhaps Elsewhere, 2003, the fifty-four-minute video included in “Out of Beirut,” is a good example: a compilation of narratives offered by people I met along what used to be the dividing line between East and West Beirut. On each occasion, I asked if the person knew anyone who had been kidnapped near where we were standing. These people simply happened to be at the sites of former checkpoints, where many kidnappings occurred; they were there by

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