Tahrir/Pharos

“The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the
living. And just when they seem engaged in revolutionizing themselves and things, in
creating something that has never yet existed … they anxiously conjure up the spirits of
the past to their service and borrow from the names, battle cries and costumes in order
to present the new scene of world history in this time-honoured disguise and this borrowed language.”
Karl Marx,
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Alexis Fidetzis Tahrir
Manipulating History: Tahrir/Pharos A shift of symbolism between what was organically defined by a People and a what was arbitrarily decided by a regime.

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The project is a critical view on the rebuilding of the Alexandria Lighthouse, an architectural project that -in the aftermath of a revolution- can be seen as an Historicist effort to define cultural identity while legitimizing a nationalistic, military regime as the inheritor of a historical continuity. As a result, a Pharos that creates a clear path within the infinite grid of history becomes the powerful symbol of arbitrary justification.

 

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