Sectarianism, Revolution, and Me
Marianne frames her understanding of the October 2019 in her poster through the lens of sectarianism and its impact on Lebanon society. Marianne explains sectarianism imposes its rule through the fear of the other. Inspired by Peter Gould’s mental map, Marianne reinvents the coast of Lebanon and Beirut with the Lebanese mentality of sectarianism. Red lines represent fear and the starting point of it is a system of sectarian control.
Marianne draws on her personal experience in October 2019 that occurred in the ring (the Fouad Chehab Bridge) next to the United Nations ESCWA building in Beirut. She was with a group of protesters that were trying to block the road and found themselves between supporters of Hezbollah and Amal on one side and state security forces on the other.
The red lines represent fear and the pink, sectarian control. The Arabic is "Al-Dahiye" that translates as the suburbs. This refers to the so-called "southern suburbs" of Beirut that is often associated with Hezbollah.