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Za'atari Refugee Camp - February 2016
Za'atari Refugee Camp - February 2016
Hand-sewn thread on watercolor paper
48x36
2016

I found my attention and concern for the Syrian refugee crisis to wax and wane with the media cycle. My distance and privilege allows me to check in and out at leisure. This project began as an effort to increase my awareness and stay in touch.

I use google satellite images as a matrix to create representations of the many Syrian refugee camps. Drawing on my family’s history of weaving for material inspiration, I use thread to hand stitch the images . This particular camp is in Za’atari on the Jordan-Syrian border. The juxtaposition of many small marks within a large-scale aim to highlight the enormity of the crisis. This is part of an extensive ongoing series. I am currently working through all of the camps in Jordan.