The Trauma Archives: Recessive Memories

The booming of talk shows specialized in communicating traumatic events to the public in the last few years has turned personal and local predicaments into nation-wide discussed tragedies. The furthermore flourishing of social media allowed the crowds to publicly express their respective concerns, analyses, and reproaches. The shared images that accompany texts and posts become key references in the memory of the public, reminding the latter of the plights they represent whenever encountered.

In an ever-progressing life, even key moments are fleeting ones, perpetually pushed to the back of the memory, giving way for new events to take over momentarily, until they too get stored away and forgotten.

By exposing the viewers to blurred photographs similiar to the key references of the recent traumatic events, the brain is pushed and required to fill the perceptive void created by the blurriness with previously acquired imagery, resulting in reviving the story embedded within the original image. “The trauma archives: recessive memories”is an attempt to trigger the visual memory, questioning the ephemeral state of the social collective memory, as well as the transience of social predicaments.

Visual Display of The Trauma Archives

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Roula Majdalani - killed by her husband


16 year-old Mohamad Chaar (red) died because of a car bombing after going out with friends during recess


Screen capture from footage accusing the maid of killing four-year-old Celine Rakan


Fares Al Khodor, a kid known for selling flowers in the Hamra streets, died while visiting his family in Syria


Ahmad Al Assir caught in disguise at the airport in Beirut, trying to flee the country


Trash bags flowing like a river in the streets of Lebanon after the first rain


Wounded three-year-old Haidar who lost both his parents in the last Dahyeh bombing

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