MEMORY PLACE HERITAGE DISPLACEMENT

PROJECTS

UNTOLD STORIES/ FORGOTTEN MAPS

Due to the war, Syrian cities have been strongly associated with destruction. Parts of cities have been completely wiped off, their stories, urban cultures, heritage and lifestyle is threatened with disappearance. This challenge becomes striking once confronted with the fact, that many Syrian cities – their urban dynamics, ethnic diversities, and heterogeneous realities are least documented as such. Today, younger generations perceive cities and urban areas in Syria as wombs of war and urbicide in contrast to their historical depth that is not only rich, but also neglected. To generate a counter narrative,

BERLIN GAZETTEER OF (URBAN) SYRIA

Berlin Gazetteer of (Urban) Syria is a collection of places and experiences in Berlin city that Syrians remember or associate Syria with. Ancient Gazetteers, which are indexes to an atlas, were produced for areas as a source of information as well as local pride. This map acts as a kind of gazetteer of locations with records of stories from Syria remembered or triggered in them, overlaying across the map of Berlin, with spatial referencing to the original location of the memory back in Syria. The objective is to put into perspective the notion of trans-locality that dominates the realities of a globalised world with migration flows,