Permanent Transience


By Jumanah Najib Abdullah Bawazir

An architectural tool for the communication of narratives on hold. European surveillance systems have prolonged the limbo periods between fleeing a country, and resettlement. Consequently, holding places (with all their different typologies), have become the spaces containing lost and untold narratives that need to be nurtured, explored, then exposed. “In the context of Somali women on their journeys to Europe, how do we create a process deployed in these transient moments, that builds a tool that communicates their narratives?” Through conducting interviews, virtually reconstructing experiences, and using poetry together with the interviewees, the project functions as a holding to account to governments operating under the European surveillance systems that are inevitably controlling their journeys.

Text written by Jumanah Najib Abdullah Bawazir