Reloading I – Book

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    Reloading images Damascus

Project initiated by Jan Ackenhausen and Sanna Miericke

RELOADING IMAGES Damascus – work in progress was a one-year discursive research project in Damascus, initiated by Jan Ackenhausen and Sanna Miericke. 30 Syrian and foreign artists, writers, architects and thinkers collaborated over an online social network and during a one-month workshop in Damascus, to find ways of working within different cultural, social and national settings and discourses.

The project featured a number of workshops and artist meetings in Damascus, with a.o. 98 Weeks (Beirut), Interruptions Magazine (Amman), RAQS Media Collective (Delhi) , Ü (Vienna), Akram Zaatari (Beirut), Orwa Nyrabia (Damascus), Marie Elias (Damascus), Kianoosh Vahabi (Tehran), Wu Ming 4 (Bologna), and We Insist (Oslo/Stockholm/Paris). RELOADING IMAGES Damascus published two books, as collective writing and editing project.

The project was supported by the European Delegation to Damascus, The European Cultural Foundation, The Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, The Pro+Helvetia Fund, and the Prince Clause Library Fund.

Damascus: Tourists, Artists, Secret Agents – 2009, 235 pages, colour. Published by The Green Box. The book was part of the exhibition The Malady of Writing at the MACBA in Barcelona, and is available from the publisher and from

Damascus 2008: three people suddenly disappear. Zaat al-Abed, a presumed secret agent, Leena Kilkka, curator of the Damascus Biennial, an event that never happens , and a flâneur, whose diary is accidentally lost and found.

Damascus: Tourists, Artists, Secret Agents is a pseudo-fictitious encounter of artists, dancers, secret agents, speculative writers, lovers, film-makers and photographers who come together to unravel the rumors, questions and traces of the mysterious disappearances that happen in the subconscious urban setting of one of the world’s oldest cities.

Edited by Kaya Behkalam, Paula Bugni, Beatrice Catanzaro, Roberto Cavallini, Azin Feizabadi, Carla Esperanza Tommasini, Sarah Rifky, Ashkan Sepahvand / Reloading Images
With contributions by Salina Abaza, Jan Ackenhausen, Woroud Ahdali, Isa Andreu, Kaya Behkalam, Omar Berakdar, Paula Bugni, Beatrice Catanzaro, Roberto Cavallini, Mikala Hyldig Dal, Azin Feizabadi, Soudade Kaadan, Sophia Krey-Kolios, Gabriel Martinez, Gabriella Micale, Sanna Miericke, Raqs Media Collective, Rania Mleihi, Ersan Ocak, Juergen Rendl, Sarah Rifky, Adel Samara, Manuela Scebba, Ashkan Sepahvand, Carla Esperanza Tommasini, Hanadi Traifeh, Kianoosh Vahabi and Wu Ming 4.
Coordinated by Jan Ackenhausen and Kaya Behkalam.

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