The 3-part-installation “Aleppo Stories” is about emotional and geographical distance in the light of the deteriorating conflict in Syria 2014.
In Part1 I ask people gambling on slot machines to use their next game in order to "play against the war" in Syria. Accepting the questions' naive reduction, the gambler and I enter a temporary and fictive room for manoeuvre. Repeating this simple mechanism over and over again finally and coincidentally led to a very real encounter.
Part2 draws a connection between the name of a supermarket that coincidentally resembles the name of the Syrian town Aleppo and questions the idea of not being ‘concerned’ due to a geographical distance.
Part3 is based on a recorded re-narration of a friend’s story. It is about another encounter where representatives of ‘both ends of the distance’ meet and unite for a short while.
Disclaimer: The project was conceived in October 2014 before the Syrian population was hit by massive attacks that have been described as crimes against humanity which led to the humanitarian crisis Syrians are still facing in 2017. It was conceived before European countries started to close borders and before showing pictures of refugees from African countries crossing the / dying in the Mediterranean Sea became a daily routine in German media. I regularly consider to delete this work from my website.