Sarah Messerschmidt is a writer and researcher based in Berlin. Her work has appeared in Burlington Contemporary and the Burlington Contemporary Journal, Third Text, The Debutante, Another Gaze and MAP Magazine. In 2021 she was a resident of the Maumaus Independent Study Programme in Lisbon.
The Perverted Archival Image workshop centered on and tentacled off from Studio Baalbeck. The workshop participants created an audio montage of recordings to accompany some of the visual archive material.
This essay explores the ways in which the counter-archive is animated through networks of people across time and place, as material is shared, presented and recontextualised, using the solidarity film-screening “Beyrouth plusieurs fois”, that was developed after the 2020 explosions in Beirut, as an example.