Laser Engraved Maps derived from satellite images of Aleppo, Deir Al Zour, and Hama before and after the War  

This project began with my interest in experimenting with mapping cities I had lived in. As I continued to develop different methods I began to realise the changes between mapping my current home in the UK and my family home in Istanbul. This led me to consider how we register a place in our mind, how we read imprints on the surface of a material i.e lines, roads, outlines, aligned grids, dissolved empty spaces, and what they really evoke to us: deeper social and political change. I investigated engraving and mapping using different methods and materials of in order to best visualise the change in Syrian cities using satellite images taken before and after the war.I wanted this project to be about people. Perhaps it seems odd that while this project is about people that there isn’t a single image of a person in it. I am trying to approach the issue of a country that has been rapidly disappearing and a humanitarian crisis that has relentlessly accelerating through a different medium. As cities disappear in this work, they are sunk into resin, or burned into wood as if suspended in time or carved away by fire.

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Aleppo, Deir Al Zour and Hama Before the War

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 Aleppo Before

Aleppo Before

 Aleppo After

Aleppo After

 Hama Before Close-up

Hama Before Close-up

 Hama After Close-up

Hama After Close-up