Tied Hands & Blind Explorers

Tied Hands

Mixed Media Installation, 2017 / 2018 - In progress

Tied Hands is an hourglass which contains two different kinds of soil, filling both of its glass bulbs completely. The first is soil that comes from Cuenca in the south of Ecuador, where the first part of an expired Syrian document is buried. The second soil comes from where the other part of the expired document is buried, in Kuala lumpur in Malaysia.

Ecuador being the farthest point a Syrian can go to in the west without a visa, and Malaysia, which is geographically the exact opposite of Ecuador, is the farthest point a Syrian can go to in the east without a visa.

An hourglass is a device used to measure the passage of time. With the fast political changes that are happening in the world every single day, Immigrants such as Syrians, have lost the perception of time, along with their senses of the cardinal directions and the ability to choose a destination. Constant limitations and bans that tells them where they can head, or to where they can't. Every time a Syrian turns his hourglass upside down, he finds himself with only a tiny pause, leaving him no space to even imagine his next destination.

While the hands of the Syrians are tied and their mobility is extremely limited, a Syrian has buried the first part of an expired Syrian document in the farthest point to the west that he can travel, and the second part in the farthest point to the east. In effect, putting the whole world between the pages of this document. Symbolically showing that Syrians are part of this world.

  Ecuador-Malaysia GPS coordinates

Ecuador-Malaysia GPS coordinates

Blind Explorers

Mixed Media Installation, 2017 / 2018 - In progress

Blind Explorers is a map series that investigates how the recent world lines were shaped by individual explorers and conquering empires. And discusses the fact that maps present how we see the world beyond geographical vision.

In order to create the perfect image for the real cartographic map of the present, a map that shows the actual unseen distance between countries. In the shade of a world that limits some individuals mobility and prevents them from exploring the known before the unknown.

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Equilibrium, 2018

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Throughout the centuries:

  The British Library, London 2017

The British Library, London 2017

The Beatus world map, With Adam, Eve, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden at the top. The Mediterranean is represented as a blue line in the center, the River Nile, as its continuation bending to the right, and the Red Sea as a vertical red line. Two rectangular at the bottom left are marked Britain and Scotland. The Silos Apocalypse was produced for Beatus of Liébana by Petros in Spain (Silos), 1109. The written words are in Latin and visigothic.

 
  The British Library, London 2017

The British Library, London 2017

World map by Benedictine Andreas Walsperger of Constance, dated around 1448. It's location today is the Vatican library, Rome.

 
  The British Library, London 2017

The British Library, London 2017

Arabic zonal world map, copied from one by al-Idrisi of 1154, with curved parallels south at the top. al-Idrisi (Abu Abd Allah Muhammed al-Idrisi) was an Arab cartographer born in Spain who lived in Sicily, then governed by the Norman Roger II.