"Broken souvenirs" is a symbolic archive of portraits showing the long-lasting mental aftermath that war victims' and their loved ones experience when "it's all over."
The project is a series of portraits mirroring the missing part of the photo in whatever way the victim's family or survivors choose to show in the picture. In addition to their quotes for the testimonies, the project examines the six degrees of separation theory, where the individuals portrayed are all within six degrees of separation or less from other stories portraits in the project, reflecting the closeness of the effect of war on nations around the world regardless of their race, religion, nationality, color and so on.
One of the main goals of Broken souvenirs is to bring more attention to the void created by mental anguish and unseen injuries caused by man-made violent life-altering events, such as wars, genocides, and domestic terrorist attacks.
My vision is based on the concept that pain has no nation, expanding from my home in Gaza Strip to the United States to reach 9/11 victims, the Armenian genocide, the Oklahoma bombing, The native American genocide, Afghanistan and Iraq war, and North Korea, Rwandan, the Holocaust and elsewhere. Countries that had experienced wars in the far past or the ones that are still known as war zones.
The idea is to set a reminder to tell the sensitive stories of lost souls, examining the ongoing trauma and agony of violence faced by relatives, loved ones, friends, and survivors regardless of their religion, color, race, or nationality. Highlight the devastating mental injuries and their detrimental impact on our world within six degrees of separation within various nations. Echoing that even when our world is divided by our differences, we are unified by pain as it has no nation.
"Broken souvenirs" was created to keep history alive but hopefully never repeated.