As I cross repeatedly hectares of empty lands from Amman to Nahr el Bared* Refugee Camp, ideas and questions around the meaning of land come to my mind. Four check points or more stretched along the extended No man's land- with an occasional appearance of scattered sheep in the horizon, free and mobile sheep- remind me a lot of the empty bulldozed land of Nahr el Bared; a land without sheep! An extended nothingness and a surreal coast... The temporary permanents, the vertical horizons; paradoxical dialogue and comparisons accompany me constantly as I cross borders and move within the cities. Scenes are created in an inner monologue that is constantly fed by the everyday life of crossing/ transition/ building/ rebuilding, and gradually transforms into radical or may be utopian possibilities superimposed on real/ imagined lands, questioning: How do you build without a land?!
* Nahr el Bared camp is a Palestinian refugee camp placed in North of Lebanon, it was completely demolished after an armed conflict between the Lebanese army and an Islamic fundamentalist group in 2007. This is part of a body of work that I developed in parallel to my work as an architect with the reconstruction team of the camp.