Gabriela Bulisova March 27, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Syria.
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Iraqi Architect in Damascus, Syria
Originally from the Czech Republic, Gabriela Bulisova received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005. Her photo essays include: Chernobyl-accident contaminated areas of Ukraine and Belarus, women in Iran, and the aftermath of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. Most recently she conducted a project entitled: “Guests”, featuring photographs of Iraqi refugees who fled the war and sectarian violence and relocated to Damascus, Syria. These photographs are currently on view at the Corcoran Corridor Gallery in Washington DC.
About the Photograph:
“At first glance, Sayyida Zainab doesn’t seem much different from any other bustling, poor Damascus neighborhood, until one listens carefully: the Iraqi dialect spoken here transports one from Syria to Baghdad. This is where two million Iraqi refugees come to escape war and sectarian violence until they can return to their homes again. This Iraqi refugee, an upper middle class architect who entered Syria did not want to reveal his identity for safety reasons. He lives in fear of deportation and is left with no money and zero prospects for finding a job. He is desperate, facing an eviction from his apartment, and is unable to provide for his wife and two little children”.