Palmyra, Syria 2011 / 2020
On a journey to Syria in 2011 at the downfall of the spring revolution I went on a trip to Palmyra, the ancient Roman city at the ancient silk road. Shortly after my visit Isis went in and the destruction of this beautiful historical sight started. The then very well kept amphitheatre where I spent quite some time was used for executions and the temple of bel was almost completely destroyed as well as the rest of this historical site.
Rachid Karami International Fair, Tripoli, Lebanon
This huge and strangely deserted area in the middle of the busy city of Tripoli really is something else. In 1963 the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was commissioned to design the International Fairgrounds of Tripoli, but in 1975, Lebanon’s civil war interrupted the construction of this modernist landmark. After the war the 10,000-hectare site was used as a Tripoli headquarter for the Syrian army. It’s 15 buildings still remains today with all its incomplete concrete structures slowly falling apart as a strange echo from a far away vision that never came to play.