On one of my trips, an emigrant friend asked me to take a postcard to her family. The postcard was a picture of the nature there. On its back, it was written, “I live here. A place similar to our home.” I remember a documentary, in which the filmmaker asked his grandfather why he chose Texas when he immigrated to the US. He answered, “Because the nature of this place reminds me of my homeland: the wilderness in Iraq is just as vast.”
The idea behind my “Land/s” series grew out of these human narratives and their interconnection with my personal experiences. In fact, nature is what connects me to my homeland. It goes beyond borders and stays with me in my new living space. The borderlessness of nature and landscapes and their reconstruction in another land is the story of humans who carry their homeland with them throughout the course of their lives and migrations.