Chou Hayda

Annabel Daou

In November of 2017, people from across Beirut came to the National Museum and gave their voices to a number of objects in the collection. The people spoke to and for and about these objects from the past, and, in doing so, they revealed fragments of the present. They did not attempt to disclose a particular historical narrative. Nor did they attempt to create a fiction. They did not lie and they did not try to tell the truth. Grounded in the participatory approach to art making; it explores the ways in which the art object or artifact is imbued with social, political, moral, and personal meaning as it is received across time and within shifting cultural contexts. This audio guide is a culled experience of the present moment at the museum, facing these archeological objects with a contemporary view, bringing them into our lives now, and leaving a piece of our lives within their story.

Date: 2018
Location: National Museum of Beirut
Medium: Sound
Material: Audio guide
Section: Contemporary
Duration: Temporary
Tags: Site-specific intervention Participatory art Social practice
Authorizations: National Museum of Beirut
Commissioner: TAP & BeMA