Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alternative Facts - art project by Tarek Chemaly

Alterative facts: Lebanon's history via pop culture. A project by multimedia artist Tarek Chemaly.
Rationale: Since Lebanon still lacks a unified history book for the period that covers the war, due to the absence of a winner and therefore the prevalence of a single version of the events, and as time goes by - instead of losing all traces of the past - why not replace the divisive "politics" by the collective memory which emanates from pop culture? This is a project to (re)write the history of Lebanon in a perspective everyone agrees upon.
The video is made up of 186 "lessons" (a lesson being an artistic series containing 9 different thematic artworks) with each lesson symbolizing a month of the 15,5 years war in Lebanon which started on April 13th, 1975 and ended on October 13th, 1990.

Some of the Lessons include:
Abir (Harlequin, Mills and Boon),  tele Liban, achille lauro, Baalbeck, Al Watan Al Riyadi, Alice (bibliotheque verte, Nancy Drew), Japanese Anime, Takaya Todoroki, Belle and Sebastian, Treasure Island (Jazirat al kanz), Antinea lingerie, Rans Car (rent a car), Corm House (first skyscrapper in the Middle East), Azel al Layl, Abedl Majid Majzoub, Hind Abillamah, Dallas, Dynasty, Knots Landing, Mind Your Language, Ban Abi Nasr, Barbara Cartland, Comtesse de Segur, Martine, Collection Farandole (castermann), Beach resorts, Beau Rivage, Carlton Hotel, Phoenicia Hotel, Hilton Hotel, St. Georges Yacht Motor Club, Zaytounah, Blue Bat Operation, Bye Bye Ya Helwin (Maha Salma), Noha el Khatib Saade, Joseph Nano, Elsy Ferneini, Hekmat Wehbe, Gaby Lteif, Dolly Ghanem, May Matta, Said Ghrayeb, Yasser Arafat, Nido Milk, Yes detergent (Abou Fouad), Anais Anais, Colors de Benetton, Jacomo, 114 Amatoury, Bien-Etre eau de cologne, Advertising, Bic, Waterman, Parker, Carioca, Kit Kat, Leo Chocolat, Nouba, Catch, Crunch, Nestle, Pierrot Gourmand, Franco Gasparri, Franco Dani, Marina Coffa, katiushcia, Simona Pelei, Al Chabaka, Fairouz a l'Olympia, Sabah, Houwaida, Remi Bandali, Grendizer, Goldorak, Astroganga, Jonger, Toblerone, Otto Dix (der Krieg), Casino du Liban, Old Currency, Poster, Propaganda, Jana of the Jungle, Jeanne D'Arc Fayyad, Akram El Ahmar, Elias Rahbani, Majed Afiouni, Layla Karam, Incredible Hulk, Six Million Dollar Man, The Equalizer, Crest toothpaste, Signal 2 toothpaste, Carol Saker, Hadi Sharara, Lydia Canaan, Ghassan Rahbani, Abdo Mounzer, Rock, Music, Dance, Nadia Gamal, Louis Delamare, Jean-Paul Kauffmann, Terry Waite, LBC, Nadia Tueni, Exotica, Dewar's White Label, Excelsior Hotel, Gondole Building, Garconne, Globetrotters, Moda Cafe, Horseshoe Cafe, Wimpy, Holiday Inn, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Kassatly Chtaura (liqueur, Jellab), Khabbaz, Zahar, Ghada Al Samman, Lego, Loulou, Cacharel, Lucky Strike, Madona (not Madonna!), Marlboro, Middle East Airlines, Lego, Meccano, Mum21, Murr Tower, Nisr Al Zahabi, Oscar Niemeyer, Pampa Juice, Peugeot 504, Kim Philby, Picon Cheese, Postcard, Python Jeans, Rambo, Rothmas, Royal Crown Cola, Crush, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Sindibad, Stimorol, Swatch, Tramway Beirut, TWA 847, Zeina (Maya l'Abeille).