I asked my Lebanese designer friends who have lived,
or are currently living, away from Lebanon, to represent in a pictograph their interpretation of the concept of post-geography and this phenomenon of living between different time zones.
Thanks to Myriam Arab, Amani Boudargham, Mo Saad, Clara Ghandour, Lynn Abdouni, Grace Salem, Mia Azar and Mayssa Moubarak for their time and their creative input.
//not bound to one place
//digital RGB colors reflecting relationships that are artifically extended through technology
//electronic connections seem cold ones to me
//constant dilemma of going back, vicious cycle
//cold versus hot color
//brands define who we are
//pre-immigration: Starbucks provides glimpse into who I want to be
//post-immigration: An urge develops to reconnect through Arabic coffee
This is a representation of a rotated cedar tree, similar to the “play” button: life goes on. Life doesn’t pause when you leave your country, you move on and so does your country and everyone in it. It also looks like a fast forward button: post-geographic is rapidly growing and moving. Everything is moving in a fast forward motion, it used to take us months to get news about our country, nowadays it takes a couple of seconds before we get a notification on facebook. This icon also highlights the fact that we are away, it’s pointing towards somewhere outside the box, outside the nation. I wouldn’t put my icon in a box. It shouldn’t be surrounded by borders, just like the post-geographic phenomenon.
That’s how I feel my relationship with Lebanon is reduced to.
//time zones affect communication between the people
//the lines resemble a distorted map, a distorted geography
//connections turn cold, impersonal
//bain Marie smells divine
//base should always be boiling
//post geographic Lebanon still at a critical stage. Paradigms still rapidly shifting
//la vie en rose
//leave to be free while always looking back
//trying to run back somehow
//the colors carry a drowning feeling of malaise
//BECAUSE When Lebanese people immigrate they:
//hold on to a certain perception of their country
//recreate what they once knew
//create a community they can relate to
//keep on claiming Lebanon is green