Secondhand Witness is a series of photographs that includes images of an illuminated projection screen in various bare interior spaces as well as photographs of decorative emblems in domestic settings. The projected images are slides that my cousin took the day he left Lebanon with his family in 1976 during the Civil War.
The series reflects on the conditions through which memory shifts through different contexts it occupies. By examining differences between ruin and wreckage, it addresses practices of memorialization embedded in the act of looking to the past through different kinds of images. It addresses how photography can be used to articulate geographical as well as perceptual distances through representation by engaging different lenses of history.