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Small Room Project
In this “Sea Desert”, wheat was first seeded and bread was first baked. The Euphrates engaged its floods and mankind’s first wonders became prolific. The gates of Babylon, the ziggurat of Ur leaned on its banks as its old round vessels once did, overfilled with knowledge and wisdom. Land of the Middle East. Matrix of various dogmas and at the same time an exemplar of tolerance. Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Julian, regarded the coexistence of religions and people as the connective tissue of their Empires. This, forged in time paradigmatic tradition of cohabitation is eradicated nowadays, leaving the surrounding area torn by incited religious hatred and civil wars. Millions of refugees were the result of this turmoil. Being obliged to leave your country to look for refuge has always been a panhuman phenomenon, a massive tragedy under the spectrum of death. And the journey, a word with such an immeasurable capacity, apt to maintain human suffering, a word which is often the antonymous of human dignity. Being a refugee means that you have to undertake a journey of fear and death, you have to heap burdens and traumas which are indelibly recorded in your fragmented and completely mutated inner self. A refugee is being persecuted from his own country and often despised by the people in the hosting one, all places are equally bitter. “We sympathize with the refugees but…” In this mere word ‘but’ hesitancy, fear, hatred and consequently racism are packed. The refugee infects – quarantine. The refugee threatens – back to the Fence. Being a refugee is a state that can neither cover or be covered. On the contrary, it reveals and at the same time proves our personal and social ethics, urging us to remain Human. The water has a memory. In its inward a ceaseless harmony flows. Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs… The memory of Euphrates is severely lined by the contemporary uprooting of its round by inhabitants. Euphrates is a refugee itself, a shelterless wanderer who remembers that both the wanderers and the rivers are seeking for their river beds. And they won’t stop until they find them.
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ABOUT the Small Room Project,
An experiential and at the same time interactive exhibition, which describes our two year every day experience with the refugees originating from the war zones heading from Turkey to central Europe.
The “Small Room” project aims to inform and raise the awareness of the public on the critical refugee issue focusing on its multiple dimensions.
– The magnitude of this humanistic drama
– The power of solidarity
– The threat of the uncontrolled action of the illegal trafficking gangs and their negative impact on the European Asylum
– The urgent need for action of the European Authorities
– The activation of the reflexes of the European citizens
– The participation of young people and students as well as University institutions throughout Europe
The Place / Point of reference,
is situated on the Greek – Skopje border at the around area of Eidomeni where the biggest and at the same time most criminal passage to Europe has been established.