Itamar Gov Syrian Ruins

Syrian Ruins 1936/2016 2018

Series of 4 sheets in multiple copies, 22x14 cm each.

‘Syrian Ruins 1936/2016’ takes as a basis a series of four post-stamps produced in Syria in 1936 (the year in which the failed Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independence was signed) which depicted historical Syrian ruins.

Combining the original post-stamps with contemporary photographs of ruins in Syria, caused by the war in recent years, the work comments on a western tradition of romantisation of ancient ruins as part of a colonial act. Highlighting the commercial use of such ruins as touristic commodities, the series questions the responsibilities of historically colonising forces towards colonised societies and lands in past and present.