Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Blue Bat Operation:Better than Korea, but what the hell is it?

All artworks by Tarek Chemaly
The 1958 Blue Bat Operation in Lebanon might not be well known in today's world, 14 thousand US troops were shipped here to maintain order in a country on the brink of civil war (yes, since then the pot has been boiling!)... In the words of a combat ready Marine "It’s better than Korea, but what the hell is it?"... Indeed what the hell is it? I have decided to revisit documents from the era and transform them into artworks as part of our collective Lebanese memory.

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