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Texts by Pier Paolo Tamburelli and Noura Al Sayeh.
published in July 2016
29,5 x 21 cm (softcover, spiral bound)
240 pages (color & b/w ill.)
Taken at the height of the Assad days, the images of the photographer Giovanna Silva overlap in this publication with Syrian tourist guides' images and texts, creating a net of intended and unintended relationships and time interconnections.
As Pier Paolo Tamburelli writes in his essay, “Silva's photo speak of time that is twice lost. […] When I look at them, I can smell that apparently eternal condition of no-change in Syria before 2011. I recognize the omnipresent, idiotic smile of Bashar—at the time still considered the gentle son of Hafez al-Assad (the ophthalmologist who lived in London and did not really wanted to leave to become a dictator and who finally had to substitute the nasty brother probably killed by Mossad). Now that the civil war has erased everything that belonged to that Syria, now that everything changed, I have the impression that that world is way more lost than many other episodes of the past. Both for Syrians and for foreigners the memories of the civil war will occupy all the space that could have been dedicated to these last twenty years of Syrian history. […] Not only are those moments gone, but they will not be remembered. The boredom of that period entirely disappeared in the cruel excitement of the war. The pictures are a strange homage to a lost world.”
Giovanna Silva lives and works in Milan. As a photographer, she exposed at the Venice Biennale 2006 her work about the city of Bogotà, Colombia. She is the author of Desertions
, a chronicle of an american trip with designer Enzo Mari. From 2005-2007 she contributed to Domus
and since september 2007 until september 2011 she was the Photo Editor of Abitare
. She photographed Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid for the Abitare's special issues Being Renzo Piano
and Being Zaha Hadid
, 6 month experience of architecture in the making. In 2011 she published the book, Orantes
, ed. Quodlibet. In 2012 she published Narratives/Relazioni: Baghdad, Green Zone, Red Zone, Babylon
, Mousse Publishing
She is in the editorial board of San Rocco
Magazine. She is the editor of Humboldt Books
. She has a column on Doppiozero.
See also Emanuele Trevi & Giovanna Silva