Syria presents a wall with more than 150 photos I took in Syria, over which white-painted fabric webs spread like shrouds. The shroud covers the photographs as the devastating civil war has covered the country. Photographs show the country’s diversity and beauty, yet the subjects in the photos are now destroyed or being destroyed.
The “shroud” impairs the free, innocent and curious view of the photos, as the knowledge of the civil war no longer permits the unprejudiced view of the country’s pre-war beauty and variety.
War, such as the current civil war in Syria, always happens at the expense of civilians. I refer particularly to the children who are overwhelmed by the event and have no way to avoid it. They are traumatized, injured and killed. They lose their protection and home, and they endure the frightening experience of adults being unable to get them to safety. That anxiety seizes everyone.
On the left wall opposite the network stretched between the posts, I show images of Syrian children to offer a counterbalance of liveliness and hope.