ROMANE ISKARIA


ASSYRIANS



Romane collected testimonies from members of the Assyrian community between Belgium and France, complementing the stories of her own grandfather and the notebooks of her great-grandfather who arrived in France from Iran. The photographer conducted an investigation by gathering the stories of this diaspora composed of different generations. Objects transported during exile, family photos, traditional outfits for festivals, figurines of protective figures from ancient Mesopotamia, landscapes, and maps appear. By blending past and present, Romane photographs by intuition and also uses fiction to evoke this quest for origins present in each of us. A project to keep a memory, a trace. To portray a scattered people trying to preserve their connections despite the distance. The members of the community fled their countries: Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran. What traces? What memories do they keep of their lands? How to rebuild elsewhere? Are they assimilated in the country where they are? How to perpetuate their culture and language: Aramaic? A collective memory is created through these voices that tell her.

Photographic prints on Lambda print, framed archival images, transfer prints on wood plates. Brussels and Marseille. 2021 - 2022




2023 AKITU, Gallery ART-ARK, with Diaspora In Bloom, San José USA
2022 Festival Circulation(s), solo show, Ambasse de France, Erevan ARMENIA
2021 Hangar Art Photo Center, group show S’exposer, Brussels, BE
2021 Finaliste for the Mentor Prize Paris FR


ASSYRIANS THE BOOK



Installation view Assyrians, AKITU, DIASPORA IN BLOOM, gallery ART-ARK, San José, USA, 2023

Installation view Assyrians,Hangar Art Photo Center, Brussels, BE, 2021

Installation view solo show, Ambassade de France à Erevan en Arménie, 2022