"Taken at the height of the Assad days, the images of the photographer Giovanna Silva overlap in this publication with Syrian tourist guides’ images and texts, creating a net of intended and unintended relationships and time interconnections." (publisher's note)
"Silva’s photo speak of time that is twice lost. […] When I look at them, I can smell that apparently eternal condition of no-change in Syria before 2011.
I recognize the omnipresent, idiotic smile of Bashar – at the time still considered the gentle son of Hafez al-Assad (the ophthalmologist who lived in London and did not really wanted to leave to become a dictator and who finally had to substitute the nasty brother probably killed by Mossad).
Now that the civil war has erased everything that belonged to that Syria, now that everything changed, I have the impression that that world is way more lost than many other episodes of the past.
Both for Syrians and for foreigners the memories of the civil war will occupy all the space that could have been dedicated to these last twenty years of Syrian history. […]
Not only are those moments gone, but they will not be remembered. The boredom of that period entirely disappeared in the cruel excitement of the war. The pictures are a strange homage to a lost world." (Pier Paolo Tamburelli, book's essay)
In 'Syria, A Travel Guide to Disappearance' verarbeitet die italienische Fotografin Giovanna Silva ihr eigenes Bild des syrischen Staats, das so sehr von den aktuellen Eindrücken des derzeit tobenden Kriegs unter der Herrschaft Bashar Al-Assads verändert wurde und bestimmt wird.
Dass es auch andere Zeiten gab und wie sehr die Fassade bröckelt, zeigt dieser spiral gebundene Band, dessen Grundlage ein Touristenführer ist.