Lebanese artist Lamia Joreige has said
, “I don’t think we can—or need to—always separate documentary from fiction.” Her work centers on the fluid boundary between fact and fiction, which she explores in film,
, sculpture, and performance projects often centered on the complex life of her “main character,” Beirut itself, her birthplace and home. Records for Uncertain Times,
for example, takes as its subject the destruction and loss experienced in the aftermath of the Lebanese wars. Many of her projects challenge us to understand the unconventional role she plays. As researcher
, and archivist (see our related category for art about collecting and modes of display
), Joreige uses personal narrative, documentation and public record, and even imagined future histories, to draw attention to what is not
talked about, the otherwise invisible traces war leaves on people and places.