It was important for me to start the interaction out in the streets, so that the platform, and consequently the stories, became accessible to everybody
As you walk around the city, you will notice these giants splashes of orange on the wall with a peephole and a postcard
If you look through the peepholes, you will see an object related to the story. In this case, a car for Aliya’s testimony.
The QR code on the postcard will take you to a website where you could find the story related to the object; in the case of the car, it’s Aliya’s. Because it’s a simplified version, the user is encouraged to open it from a computer to get the full experience, if they are interested.
The simplified mobile version
The map of Beirut where you can pick out a story
Historically accurate timeline of the civil war
Aliya was in the car with friends, coming home from a night. They were pulled over by an illegal checkpoint. Two unidentified, armed men got in the car with them and made them drive around for over an hour before going back to where they were picked up. She tells her story.
I had interviewed a dozen people, but only managed to visualise 5: Aliya Khalidi, Lina Abyad, Georges Nassar, Samia Ammache, and Fadi Abi Samra. The stories I heard made me laugh, cry, and worry. I realised that people needed to get their stories out, that they were so quick to open up to me and so enthusiastic in letting others know what they had been through and the mark it left on them.
This project was my Senior Project for my BS in Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University
Thank you to Ali Kays, Maria Bahous, Lina Abyad, Georges Nassar, Aliya Khalidi, Sana Al-Khalil, Fadi Abi Samra, Samia Ammache