Changing the logic: trauma release and mosaics in a Syrian refugee camp

We (Artmongers) are just back from our sixth visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. We go with the intention of creating moments of joy and connection.

Here is our report Azraq Report Nov 2018

You might also enjoy these one minute video diaries from our visit

  • Day One: Hamza films from the back seat as we head out to the camp, then see Catherine and Patricio developing and explaining our ideas
  • Day Two: The team bringing fresh energy and new ideas into the camp (and the local hardware shop!)
  • Day Three: A thoughtful day learning t’ai chi together, and how best to make mosaics with minimum inputs
  • Day Four: Catherine intrigues the boys enough to take part in craft and trauma release techniques while Patricio has a breakthrough on the cement front
  • Day Five: Catherine explains a little of how she feels about working on the camp
  • Day Six: using blue for the mosaics was based on three factors: the durability of this colour in the harsh desert climate, it’s visibility and contrast against the natural stone and the fact that this is Azraq camp – and azraq is Arabic for blue.
  • Day Seven: All the world’s a stage… and this world stands out beautifully against the endless metres and kilometres of beige in the camp and environs
  • Day Eight: it’s never easy to capture the work we do with women but here is a sneak peek into the workshop where they created two of the mosaic designs (hearts and wool).
  • Day Nine: after doing several mosaics the team have learnt the best way to make it work. Including this adjustment of using the stones on their side instead of flat, for a more robust mosaic.
  • Day Ten A key success factor for us is what happens after we leave. Her you see the mosaic team (artists and builders) planning their future work.

 

If you want to contribute to the project you can buy a mosaic here