Five Cats and One Visitor ( Study for Composition V )

Production year: 2011

Format: Video (HDV) Dur 15 min.

Participants: 5 anonymous women from Damascus.



‘The (inner) Geography of Damascus’


Visiting Ibn Arabi’s “alam al-khayal” as a parallel plane within Damascus; the city turned inside out.  



This work is an expanded video portrait of women from Damascus and their internal experiences of the city. Through conversation, and a playful investigation into the activity of seeing someone, I have tried the impossible task of stepping into the women’s bodies and experience the spaces inside of them.


As a visitor I end up influencing the stories, and mix the experience of the women into my own internalized psychology: Going out is not a reality, not because it is impossible, but because everything seems to be the inside of something else. Movement does not always go forward, but flow inside the folds of a blanket, and rests in the fur of her cat.


This work is mapped out into a formal wall installation of patterned fabrics. As the stories gets caught in-between the surfaces, an experience emerge that normally feels invisible or impossible for me to describe.


1 · Five Cats and One Visitor (video excerpt)

2 – 4 · Five Cats And One Visitor (video stills)

3 – 4 · Five Cats and One Visitor (installation images)