I Was Overcome by a Momentary Panic at the Thought that I Might be Right

Walid Raad
 
2009
 
phenolic resin, high density foam,
acrylic paint
 
I Was Overcome by a Momentary Panic at the Thought that I Might be Right is part of a series of works that explores the history of car bombings during the Lebanese Civil War. This project is rooted in a research trip conducted by Walid Raad with SITU Fabrication to bombing sites in Beirut, Lebanon. This research produced various renderings and drawings that were incorporated into the artist’s videos and performances. Part of this research developed into a sculpture accounting for the totality of car bombings spread out upon an abstract map of the city. This 10’ diameter disk that appears to hover 4” off the ground presents the distribution and relative size of bomb craters detonated between 1977 and 1993. The sculpture was engineered to travel in two halves that could be easily joined together on the gallery floor. Interestingly, the logical place to establish a continuous seam for shipping on this piece was along what was the geographic location of Beirut’s Green Line – the area with the least number of craters.