Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Headed back down the toilet?

Nada Sehnaoui, quoting from her webite is "... a Beirut-based visual artist whose work, paintings, and installations deal with issues of war, personal memory, public amnesia, the writing of history, and the construction of identity. Her installations question the use of public spaces in relation to collective memory and the building of democracy."  

Haven't 15 years of hiding in the toilets been enough?! was one of her recent exhibits ("public installations") in April 2008, in which she installed 600 empty toilets on a vacant lot in downtown Beirut to remind her compatriots of the civil war when civilians often sheltered in their bathrooms while the various militias engaged in artillery duels, killed civilians, etc.

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