Citizen of My World
Screen printed, sewn canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 2018
Citizen of my world uses the material of canvas and tailor-sewing to reconfigure the existing world map so that it covers or diminishes nations that Syrians are not permitted to enter, and grabs the lands Syrians are allowed to explore towards them, a motion to shrink their world instead of expanding it. Shrinking their borders and creating another body for ‘distance’. Physical actions that affect the scale of time. The tailors stand amongst many other Syrians, who had to give up their professions after going through the process of displacement, sewing the borders of their path into a better life. Like many displaced people around the world who had to acquire new jobs to make a living, a concern in Latin America and globally. The folding of the map is a way of breaking with the established barriers and the pictorial norms. This work explores the relationship between geographical space and psychological space, and addresses many other concerns, such as globalized conflict, social-political navigations and reconfiguring experience.