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  • Relatives of Estrangement/Intention of Return

Relatives of Estrangement/Intention of Return

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Writing from her position as an Iraqi born into exile, Yusser attempts to find a way to collectively navigate the loss and mourning of her homeland Iraq.

Writing from her position as an Iraqi born into exile, Yusser attempts to find a way to collectively navigate the loss and mourning of her homeland Iraq. How can we tend to the exilic wound in a way that does not bring us back to the nationstate and its grand narratives which had led us to our exile in the first place? She explores the neighbour and the kleicha, as respective markers of home and land.

Intention of Return نية العودة  is a hybrid publication, it is a booklet, a qalab [mould], an aluminium container, a ritual of remembrance, a theoretical and biographical text, a work of autotheory. It is a kleicha delivery accompanied by an intention. Each kleicha is imprinted with the intention of turning the gharb into qorb. The publication is distributed to our dispersed neighbours in exile as a practice of homeland fostering and as a ritual of return.