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.