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Intention of Return/Relatives of Estrangement

Yusser Salih

Born in 1998 in Dordrecht, The Netherlands and lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Medium

Multimedia publication. Graphic design, writing, and product design is used to create the booklet, packaging and kleicha mould.

Year

2021

Description

Writing from her position as an Iraqi born into exile, Yusser Salih attempts to find a way to collectively navigate the loss and mourning of her homeland Iraq. How can we tend to the exilic wound in a way that does not bring us back to the nationstate and its grand narratives which had led us to our exile in the first place? She explores the neighbour and the kleicha, as respective markers of home and land.

Intention of Return نية العودة  is a hybrid publication, it is a booklet, a qalab [mould], an aluminium container, a ritual of remembrance, a theoretical and biographical text, a work of autotheory. It is a kleicha delivery accompanied by an intention. Each kleicha is imprinted with the intention of turning the gharb into qorb. The publication is distributed to our dispersed neighbours in exile as a practice of homeland fostering and as a ritual of return.


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The New Sumerians Project

Sundus Abdul Hadi

Born in 1985 in Baghdad, and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Medium

Digital Composite Image & Photography

Year

2020

Description

Around 7,000 years ago, an ancient civilization known as the Sumerians settled along the banks of the Euphrates river, modern day Iraq. Their story gives clues as to our origin. Time was established as we still perceive it, and their advanced understanding of the cosmos and astronomy suggests that our ancestors had a certain access to the celestial sphere that has since been lost in translation.

THE NEW SUMERIANS is an evolving project that honours the ancestry we carry as displaced peoples. In collaboration with photographer Ahmad Nasereldein, I have created portraits that I have manipulated with the sculpted facial and body parts of Ancient Sumerians, starting with the 5,000 year old mask of “The Lady of Uruk”. This iteration begins with my origin story: my family— the microcosm. This process of transformation pays homage to our celestial ancestors, despite the passage of time and the circumstances that have propelled us away from our homeland.

These ancient sculptures carry our burdens and have witnessed our pillage. The New Sumerians is part of a larger exploration rooted in storytelling and world-building; a supernatural dimension where ancestors live amongst the unborn, and intergenerational burdens transform into wisdom.


نية العودة/گرايب الغربة

يسر صالح

ولدت عام ١٩٩٨ في دوردريخت  في هولندا و تعيش في روتردام في هولندا.

الوسط

منشورات الوسائط المتعددة. يتم استخدام تصميم الجرافيك والكتابة وتصميم المنتج لإنشاء الكتيب والتعبئة وقالب الكليجة.

السنة

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الوصف

تُحاول الكتابة يسر صالح، من موقعها كعراقية ولدت في المنفى، إيجاد سبيل للتعامل مع الأسى الناتج عن خسارة العراقيين في المنفى لوطنهم. كيف نُضمد جرح المنفى دون أن نعود إلى أحلام الدولة القومية ورواياتها العظيمة التي قادتنا إلى المنفى في المقام الأول؟ تستكشف الكاتبة الجار والكليجة، كمؤشرات خاصة بالوطن والأرض.نية العودة نية العودة هي مطبوعة هجينة من عدة عناصر فهي كُتيب وقالب ووعاء من الألمنيوم وطقوس استذكار ونصٌ نظري وسيرة ذاتية، هي عمل ذاتي، يتلخص في تسليم كليجة مصحوبة بنية. كل كليجة مطبوعة بقصد تحويل الغُرب إلى قُرب. يتم توزيع المطبوعات على جيراننا المشتتين في المنفى كتعزيز للشعور بالوطن وكطقس عودة.

The New Sumerians Project

Sundus Abdul Hadi

Born in 1985 in Baghdad, and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Medium

Digital Composite Image & Photography

Year

2020

Description

Around 7,000 years ago, an ancient civilization known as the Sumerians settled along the banks of the Euphrates river, modern day Iraq. Their story gives clues as to our origin. Time was established as we still perceive it, and their advanced understanding of the cosmos and astronomy suggests that our ancestors had a certain access to the celestial sphere that has since been lost in translation.

THE NEW SUMERIANS is an evolving project that honours the ancestry we carry as displaced peoples. In collaboration with photographer Ahmad Nasereldein, I have created portraits that I have manipulated with the sculpted facial and body parts of Ancient Sumerians, starting with the 5,000 year old mask of “The Lady of Uruk”. This iteration begins with my origin story: my family— the microcosm. This process of transformation pays homage to our celestial ancestors, despite the passage of time and the circumstances that have propelled us away from our homeland.

These ancient sculptures carry our burdens and have witnessed our pillage. The New Sumerians is part of a larger exploration rooted in storytelling and world-building; a supernatural dimension where ancestors live amongst the unborn, and intergenerational burdens transform into wisdom.


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