(Re) building starts with understanding. The media provides us, in the west, with much information on the conflict in Syria. Television, interviews, documentaries, pictures, social media; but what do we really know? How does the war, in all its dimensions, influence the people of Syria? As individuals and as a community. To come closer to a real understanding we have to look ourselves in the eyes. Stand in front of the mirror, and try develop an understanding on the emotional and personal level. What would we take when we would be forced to flee our home? What do our loved ones (mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents and friends) take? And how is that for the Syrian people that had, and still have, to deal with the reality of conflict? Are we different? Imagine your own city is demolished, would you go, or stay? What is it that you value so much that you will continue living for to get it back? Family, dignity, individuality, love, work, pride, memory. It is these values that should be at the core of (re) building a community.
Understanding these values was the starting point of our workshop at IUAV, and will therefore also be the starting point of the exhibition the students are preparing this week. In the next days we will share with you the other elements of our exhibition.