The Invisible Wall of Shame
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