Category Archives: Public space

Thoughts on Commemoration, Memorials and Historical Memory

Every year German television shows documentaries about the bombing of Dresden in February 1945. At a time when the German defeat was becoming clear, the indiscriminate killing of civilians, among them many internally displaced people stands out as a senseless … Continue reading

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Istanbul Days

Since 2010, Delphine Leccas and myself have been organising the Visual Arts Festival Damascus. At the time of its launch in Autumn 2010, we did not know that it would be the only time the festival would take place in … Continue reading

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Creative Strategies of Protest in Syria: Mapping the Virtual Agora

Since the protests started in Syria last year and the large scale ban on foreign journalists, we have been witnessing a wave of disturbing images from inside Syria, caught on camera by brave citizen journalists under great personal risk and … Continue reading

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Mapping a Revolution

Elyes Baccar’s Rouge Parole Sometimes, when we get stuck by tedious everyday business while pursuing a dream, it is good to be reminded of why we started on the path we are following. With revolutions, this is also true. So … Continue reading

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Writing the Revolution

On being creative in times of terror How does one put sheer horror into words? And realizing the impossibility of this, how does one go on writing when horror remains at the back of one’s mind? For almost a year … Continue reading

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