The In­vis­i­ble Wall of Shame

ArabAd - - SPOTLIGHT -

In Down­town Beirut, across Riyad el Solh Square, a con­crete wall has been erected to sep­a­rate mem­bers of par­lia­ment from the very same peo­ple who elected them in the first place. Gath­ered to voice con­cerns aimed at restor­ing some ba­sic hu­man re­quire­ments, their protests fell on deaf ears driv­ing them to lit­er­ally use the newly erected wall as a can­vas to ex­press what’s in their hearts and on their minds. Each vis­ual, rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party rep­re­sen­ta­tive, was strewn with dif­fer­ent slo­gans and dec­o­ra­tions thereby trans­form­ing the life­less wall into a sto­ry­board that tells the colour­ful tale of a peo­ple who no longer are will­ing to bat a blind eye at the wide­spread cor­rup­tion that lit­er­ally reeks.the gov­ern­ment’s plan back­fired as its own ar­se­nal was turned against it in tes­ta­ment to cor­rup­tion and greed. As a re­sult, the wall, which had been erected a day ear­lier was brought down to erase the shame. For­tu­nately, as is the case in this day and age, once some­thing goes up, it will never come down.

The 7 faces of the revo­lu­tion by artist Philippe Farhat. Photo cour­tesy of Joseph El Khoury

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