Final Publication of the project Reloading Images: Damascus / Work in Progress 2008
published by The Green Box in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund Library. The book is available in color, 244 pages, ISBN 978-3-941644-12-0. You can order the book here.
Edited by Kaya Behkalam, Paula Bugni, Beatrice Catanzaro, Roberto Cavallini, Azin Feizabadi, Carla Esperanza Tommasini, Sarah Rifky, Ashkan Sepahvand / Reloading Images
With contributions by Salina Abaza, Jan Ackenhausen, Woroud Ahdali, Isa Andreu, Kaya Behkalam, Omar Berakdar, Paula Bugni, Beatrice Catanzaro, Roberto Cavallini, Mikala Hyldig Dal, Azin Feizabadi, Soudade Kaadan, Sophia Krey-Kolios, Gabriel Martinez, Gabriella Micale, Sanna Miericke, Raqs Media Collective, Rania Mleihi, Ersan Ocak, Juergen Rendl, Sarah Rifky, Adel Samara, Manuela Scebba, Ashkan Sepahvand, Carla Esperanza Tommasini, Hanadi Traifeh, Kianoosh Vahabi and Wu Ming 4
“Damascus: Tourists, Artists, Secret Agents” is a pseudo-fictitious encounter of artists, dancers, secret agents, speculative writers, lovers, film-makers and photographers who come together to unravel the rumours, questions and traces of the mysterious disappearances that happen in the subconscious urban setting of one of the world’s oldest cities.
The narrative takes place in Damascus in 2008. Three people suddenly disappear: Zaat al-Abed, a presumed secret agent, Leena Kilkka, curator of the Damascus Biennial, an event that never happens, and a flâneur, whose diary is accidentally lost and found… It is a textual and visual narrative, that emerged out of the collaboration of more than thirty international artists and writers.
“Damascus: Tourists, Artists, Secret Agents” concludes an artistic research project which took place in Damascus in October 2008 and through an online platform in the months before and after. The project “Reloading Images: Damascus / Work in Progress 2008” brought together cultural practitioners from Syria, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Turkey, USA, Egypt and Slovakia to discuss forms of artistic agency and work together on artistic projects taking the city of Damascus as a focal point.