Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments. Working with the friends and family of the deceased, the stories have been carefully constructed to be retold as they themselves may have recounted it.
An interactive sound installation sharing oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens.
“even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins.” – Walter Benjamin
Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who adorned the streets during the early periods of the uprising. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead. The dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the regime. The living protect the dead by conserving their identities, telling their stories, and not allowing their deaths to become instruments to the regime.