As I watched my photographs burn and turn to dust, I was reminded of the Phoenician legend of the Phoenix rising from its ashes.
The damaged Roman and Islamic vessels were on display in the Archaeological Museum at the American University of Beirut during the explosion.
Initiatives have sprung up in the aftermath of the explosion, with the goal of raising funds for relief efforts in the city and reconstructing its devastated cultural sector.
“We are now in survival mode,” says Joumana Asseily, director and founder of Marfa’ Projects. “A week ago I was concerned about safety issues because of the pandemic but now my biggest worry is checking if everyone is safe and has a shelter.”
In the wake of the massive explosion, which killed at least 135 people, art institutions in Beirut are banding together to help protect collections and offer storage.