The Assyrian Jewel

Mardin  –  2024

Once part of the Assyrian Empire, Mardin is today located in Turkey, only a few kilometers away from the Syrian border.
Niched at the top of a hill overlooking the Mesopotamian plaines, its old town is a labyrinth where the sun seems to have lost itself.
Despite the inhospitable heat, the streets and their apparent emptiness can suddenly welcome dozens of almost impercetible life movements.
Forever disappearing and unreachable silhouettes play with the shadows, whereas a slight wind’s breath surrounds Arabic greeting words.
Down the slope, the “new city” however, tells another story: the one of tensions between its Kurdish roots and Turkish nationalism.

© 2024 Tom Thiercelin
© 2024 Tom Thiercelin