by Carmen Dobre-Hametner
This photographic series features some of the Syrian refugees who have recently arrived in Munich reenacting the position of dead bodies they remember seeing in their war-torn country. The setting will be the Bavarian landscape and ground. The aim of the project is to tackle what will always remain impossible to accurately or correctly represent: death. To the human mind, death is rife with paradoxes. It is perhaps the only certain mystery of our life. It is an absolute certainty that we will partake to its secrets, although as long as we are living death remains out of grasp. Despite being a total mystery, death is also a familiar sight. It happens naturally around us and it is also a visual constant of the news cycle. It is the absolute Unfamiliar but also quite common. For this reason, in our consideration and representation of death and suffering we are always at risk of obscenely capitalizing on the shock of such realities or of becoming numb consumers of such images. Because it pertains to everybody, death is always in danger of generalization. But above all, death is always personal.