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: Audio guide

Commissioner: Beirut Museum of Art