About Syrian Identity and loyalty 

Since the outbreak of protests in Syria in 2011 and the subsequent social changes, the issue of the Syrian identity was raised.

What if one of the reasons for these protests is:

-The threat for the Syrian identity

-losing this identity

-Or the beginning of the search for identity

The social changes were accompanied by phenomenal and multiple optical products, some were really impressive, other were more shocking. Hence, this rolled questions:

Does this optical product shapes the new Syrian identity in a direct way?

Or was it always been that way!? Maybe it was shaped on this specific form during the past years…

What does this identity look like for the one who stayed inside Syria?

And the most important is, what does this identity look like for those in the displaced, or maybe as we can say the exile?

Many researches dealt with the subject of the Syrian identity, with in an attempt to extract precise specifications for that identity. Regardless of those qualities, what we are interested with in our visual research is how the Syrians who left Syria after 2011, how do they deal with their Syrian identity? Do they still have the sense of pride of being Syrian? Does the asylum experience rouse the question about their identity? Does the immigration experience rouse the same question?

Was there a motive to search for the Syrian identity in the new communities?

Is “Asylum” one of the new Syrian identity qualities?

In the future, how do the parents in the asylum countries are going to explain to their children about the Syrian identity? Moreover, the idea of loyalty to the motherland?

Will the Syrians have the belonging Schizophrenia later?

The importance of this research in this critical stage of the Syria contemporary history is monitoring and documenting the changes that take place for the Syrian people in their new residency places, including the idea of belonging and loyalty to the homeland Syria. In the process of archiving this project in a book with the same title, it will be released as soon as research is complete.

In addition to filmed movies with the Syrians who are abroad. Through surveys asking some questions about the concept of security, and whether the new place of presence has provided them with the main elements of the sense of security and stability, and if it had a connection with the change, which dealt with the identity and affiliation of the mother country Syria!

Are you still proud of being Syrian??!

Studies and previous researches have shown that the identity is an unfixed concept and feeling, and it is permanently variable under the influence of several factors. It is noted that the individual begins to recognize his identity at an early age. One of the studies had shown that the natural age to grasp the child’s national identity begin by reaching 6 -7 years, and increasingly recognizing by getting older, and therefore it is possible to give the individual positive attitudes towards loyalty for the homeland at an early age. But what about the new Syrian generations that were found or were born in another place far away from the homeland of the mother and the father!?

Another study indicated that the child could acquire positive attitudes towards loyalty to the country since the age of seven, and through his activities with different groups, so the strength of belonging reinforce the cultural identity among members of the community.

Can we holed with the identity and the fixed feature in a world that became tight borders, receptive overlapping elements and identities, thanks to the technical development and flux of scientific knowledge, the world of speed as the French philosopher “Virilio” like to call it? To what extent is it possible to be free from ideology, and to dig into the subject identity in a scientific way?

Views and opinions about the Syrian identity vary, but what is certain that the presence of the Syrians in the other place than home, will have an impact on the components of the Syrian identity and the affiliation schizophrenia later. It range in it’s severity of impact and clarity from one person to another, depending on age, cultural background, the personal and psychological readiness, and availability of self-existence in the surrounding and the new world.


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Project Child & Tent 2011

Photo essay/Documentary film “Child and Tent”, film by Mohan Dehne and Rula Asad, about this life that the drought has chosen for Syrian in 2010, produced in 2010-2011, 4:44 min


whisper selection 2015


ID 2006