Diaspora 6762 is an artistic journalism project, consisting of:
- a digital reconstruction of a disintegrated community
- a photo documentary
A HORRIBLE SITUATION
In 2014 (6762 in the Assyrian era) Islamic State (IS) captured Mosul and the valley of Nineveh in Iraq. For centuries, this was the centre of the Assyrian empire and Assyrian christian culture.
Hundreds of thousands of people had to flee heads over heels, taking little of their belongings and losing sight of their family and friends.
1. OUR IRAQI CREW VISITS FAMILIES IN REFUGEE CAMPS
We instruct teams of young Iraqi refugees. They have equipment to record images and stories of Assyrian refugees. These images and information will be collected for a digital reconstruction.
We spend a lot of time to find the right persons for the project and communicate a lot with community leaders (priests).
2. A PHOTO DOCUMENTARY
Yobert Younan wants to make a photo documentary:
as an insider in a culture that suppresses image and
as an outsider in a world where image is omnipresent.
This autumn Yobert wants to visit a refugee camp in Iraq (Arbil). He has good relations with priests within these communities and speaks their language. With his camera he can penetrate into the lives of these people.
A WEBSITE , A MULTILINGUAL NEWSPAPER AND MORE?
With these photos we will compose a website that will show personal experiences in different layers. We will also put together a multilingual newspaper (English, Dutch, Arabic) that focusses on the lives of the refugees. This website and newspaper will show the impact of their flight in 2014 and will give a look on their history, present and future.
ABOUT THE INITIATORS
Yobert Younan is born in Iraq and lives since 1997 in the Netherlands. His parents lived in this area until the attack of IS. He is photographer and graphic designer.
Erik van Gameren is graphic designer and information designer. He is responsible for the financial and organisational aspects of the project and monitors the concept of the digital reconstruction.