I Was Overcome With A Momentary Panic At The Thought That They Might Be Right

Until her dismissal in 1994, Nahia Hassan was senior topographer in the Lebanese army's Directorate of Geographic Affairs. Her scaled model of all detonations in Beirut between 1975 and 1991 was presented to the Lebanese parliament's Committee on Development and Reconstruction in 1994 and ignited one of the most heated and contentious parliamentary sessions in Lebanon's recent history. The debate led to an overhaul and suspension of all reconstruction activities then underway. Hassan was dismissed within days of her presentation. The reasons for her dismissal were never made public. The model presented in Gallery 1 is an exact replica of the original that was destroyed, some say vandalised, by parliamentarians in 1994.