miriam cooke

Mapping Peace (1999)

If we care about not remaining intellectuals without history, we must write the unspeakable.” These words were written by a Lebanese novelist and journalist in the midst of civil war, in an effort to encourage Lebanese artists to speak up about their experiences so the whole world could know the horrors of the war. Thirteen years after these words were published, the poet and painter Etel Adnan returned to Lebanon and noted that while everyone wished to share their stories with her, only the women were honest. The men’s narratives were filtered by shame and sprinkled with excuses; no one would take responsibility for the horrors that they all had a part in. The women did not censor themselves and so it was their records that told the truth about the war because of their love for and loyalty to Lebanon.

Mapping Peace