Presence is often understood as a concrete and materialistic object and absence as a lack. The common perception of this dual… Read More
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Presence is often understood as a concrete and materialistic object and absence as a lack. The common perception of this duality may indeed be truthful but it cannot, however, explain memory, specifically, the memory a place can or would hold.
What is left of a space after its inhabitants leave? The consensual answer is usually nothing. If so, the justification of the feeling we get upon entering a deserted room cannot be made. The images taken in Dhour el Choueir –
Lebanon, deal with this very problematic: The depiction of emptiness within fullness, of presence within (or after) absence.
The impact these spaces hold is not to be reduced to its forlorn state but to the fact that every glimpse of it has been in one way or another abused, either by desertion or pain. The memory that these walls, stones and graffiti hold may seem suspended in time, yet it regresses us very faithfully back into a moment when the area was occupied and into a prior state of a life of merriment.
Now that they are long gone, the decay that is left behind them and the emptiness created by their departure anesthetize the area. It has long fallen into a deep slumber of degradation, ache and loneliness, impatiently waiting for an absent resident or a new visitor to tell a story, to awaken it from a long coma. Read Less