Sigil Collective—Birdsong in Jawlan

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The video shows the ‘displaced’ intervention in the Syrian Jawlan, part of Birdsong: a project commissioned by the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature. Near the village of Mas’ade the collective Sigil, in collaboration with a local NGO, have co-produced an orchard comprised of 40 apple trees, a scarecrow, and a birdhouse. The birdhouse is a 1:25 model of the helical staircase of Giovanni Muzio, the installation’s space in Triennale.

Erecting the Birdhouse in the Mas’ade Apple Orchard.

Sigil Collective
Sigil is an Arab collective founded by Khaled Malas, Salim Al-Kadi, Alfred Tarazi, and Jana Traboulsi based in Beirut and New York City. Sigil seeks to explore the marvelous and terrifying metamorphoses of the Arab landscape that is the stake and site of historical and contemporary struggles. Since 2014, they have been engaged in building architectures of resistance in Syria. Their work has been published and exhibited internationally.

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