Bom fellow Dan Burwood is spending the next three weeks in Beirut, a place he visited and wrote about at length in 2008. He’ll again be documenting his time there on his blog and we hope to make it visible at BOM as a kind of distance fellowship, laying the groundwork for possible future collaborations and interactions with spaces and groups over there.
I’m going to blog again shortly, update and revisit the writing and photography I did when I first went to Lebanon and Syria, in 2008. So I was looking back at old posts from Aleppo, Damascus, Beirut, Hama, cities that I was seduced by, love and love the memory of. I found this: danburwood.co.uk/cleansing/ and reading it breaks my heart for the memories of a place that has since been destroyed, people, many of whom are now dead, displaced, or seeking fearful refuge in our corrupt and deeply, multiply culpable nation. I’m not going to say fuck Cameron for his dehumanising comments about migrants in recent days, nor for the anti humanitarian disregard for our fellow humans in crisis displayed by this low and complacent excuse for a democratically elected government. Actually, I am…. Fuck Cameron. Next week I’m going to Beirut, via Athens, in part for personal reasons, and in part to work on a range of things, so I’ll be posting again, with photos. Comments greatly appreciated.
We will be excerpting his blog on a public screen at BOM and reposting bits here. You can access Dan’s full writings at any time via bom.org.uk/dan.