SAMT / SILENCE
Samt. Muteness. The absence of words, of noise, of reflection. When the dust settles in, and brings to a stillness our ability to see all the questions that need to be asked. The dust settles in a thick veil, on a city that we love. A city that was meant to bring people together, but instead, it is closing more and more on itself, its people growing indifferent to one another. The city becomes a space where change is either frightening or unwanted, hence forbidden.
Ghabra (Arabic word for dust) is that city; a city that lost its colors to politics. Only every so often a noise can be heard, voices are raised and unrest follows. Before the dust settles back in, a window flings open, through which questions are asked in the face of an established status quo.
Our story unfolds in the city of Ghabra, as much as it unfolds in Beirut, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Cairo or Baghdad. As much as it unfolds in me or in you.