Shot in Damaskus, Palmyra, Aleppo, Homs and Deir Ez-Zur in 2001, Krass Clement depicts in this very personal travel and photobook a world of yesterday. In “Impasse Hotel Syria” he describes the recent past. Just 15 years ago Clement took pictures of a country that today has undergone a complete and shocking change. An entire country and an entire people have become victims of war, and this is thoughtful and creates a sounding board when you see the beautiful photographs of Clement.
Evoked in the shades of black and white, people are seen in the many chores of life. However, it is not only the living everyday that is conveyed, but also a peculiar downtime. Streets and sidewalks are dusty and uneven, power cables and wires are limp. Most shop signs are from a bygone era, as are the cars and police officers’ uniforms. In the windows and on the walls are everywhere the same timeless portraits of the country’s current president or the president before him, his father.
Krass Clement is a poetic photographer. The photographs from Syria are also a form of poetry. Inevitably, they lead the mind to the present and the current disaster, not least in Aleppo, but they also point to something beyond like art often do.
Specifications: Gyldendal ・ 2016 ・ Cloth bound hardback ・ 22,5 x 28 cm. / 184 pages ・ Danish ・ 9788702201123