WAR AND CATHARSIS

kalina telfeyan

During the Lebanese Civil War, many buildings were looted and repurposed into various functions; no longer serving their initial purpose, they had become instrumental during these times of conflict: watching, acting, reacting, combatting … This project is about the reuse of spaces that have “lived” and survived through the war, as a means to experience both War and Catharsis. The past, the scars and the unhealed wounds of the church are untouched and still remain; the new intervention is in a constant dialogue with the old, without encroaching it. It consists of an experiential and phenomenological spaces (galleries, museums, theatres), above ground and underground, that trigger contradicting emotions in visitors: uncertainty, fear, vulnerability… or emotional release from repressed memories.

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