Immagini da un Libano che fu

Istantanee da un Libano e da un Levante arabo del passato sono conservate, valorizzate e riprodotte su formato digitale grazie ad Ania Dabrowska, artista polacca residente a Londra, curatrice del progetto Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi, 1889-1993.  Di seguito un estratto della conversazione tra Dabrowska e Alkarssifi, proprietario dell’archivio di immagini. Visita il sito.

My collection covers history that goes back to my grandparents, shows life in my country at the time of peace, its traditions and customs, and the darker times of war.   When I came to London, I arrived with 18 kilograms of negatives and transparencies that I managed to bring with me from Lebanon.   This was just a part of a much larger archive of photographs I collected and took over the years as a photojournalist.

The war in Lebanon started in 1975.  I followed the course of it, in Beirut, the surrounding mountains, and in the South, reporting on current events with my camera and a pen.  Religious conflict caused the beginning of what became a civil war.  The Palestinians were used as an excuse, when in my opinion, it was all about the politics of Al Kataeb party.  

The truth was buried somewhere amongst the arguments of the rich and the people in power who were controlling the situation in Lebanon, taking freedom of speech and the rights of the poor away.  There were numerous talks, and attempts to end the conflict, but the war continues – in a different form, with political conflict still haunting the people.