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A Public Intervention
Last year, a designer friend called on graphic designers and artists in Lebanon to come together to create a series of public interventions. I decided to do my public intervention on bribery. In Lebanon, it is common to find people bribingothers with money to makes their lives easier and to avoid paying larger amounts of money. Examples of bribery in Lebanon are:
 
• Escaping a fine by paying apoliceman an amount of "pocket" money less than the fine itself;
• Getting transactions, especially at publicinstitutions, done faster;
• Paying an amount of money to let one’s car passthe annual automotive test, knowing that the car would essentially fail thetest;
• Avoiding paying taxes;
• Getting one’s goods into the port.
 
For my intervention, I chose to stamp messages onmoney bills that would eventually be circulated in the public. The message on abill would tell the carrier how this bill could be used to bribe someone. Eachmessage corresponds to the value of the bill.
This stamp mechanism allows you to juxtapose individual Arabic letters carved out from rubber pieces on a plastic carrier to form sentences, which can then be inked up and stamped. This method allows a fast and large-scale application of messages on bills.
On the 10 000LL bill: “This saves me from a fine.”
On the 20 000LL bill: “This gets my transactions donefaster.”
On the 50 000LL bill: “This lets my car pass theautomotive test.” 
On the 100 000LL bill: “This exempts me from payinga tax.”
On the $100 bill: “This gets my goods through theport.”