Georges Salameh: Refuge Dreamgrove

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Words and Photographs by Georges Salameh

“Your home will be the one where you would put your head to sleep and for a pillow one dreamgrove”. 

These words were pronounced by a prostitute, hosting a scared 12 years old kid.
He was one of thousands greek survivors from the “Asia Minor Catastroph” of 1922.
To reach Lebanon, he walked barefoot from Smyrna in Turkey, for days, before losing the rest of his family on the road and seek refuge for 4 nights in a brothel in the port area of Beirut.
For the rest of his life, this sentence and that city became his haven.
That kid was my grandfather, the one I never met.

 Words by Billie Jenkins

Georges Salameh’s ongoing project Refuge Dreamgrove is a beautiful undertaking. The collection brings together three sets of images to create a compelling insight into other peoples lives. The three subjects are men asleep in public places, internal spaces where he was welcomed to stay, and views from a host’s window, balcony or terrace. There’s a sense of privacy, sleeping men at rest or in another place provided by dreams, the intimacy of someone’s home. These are spaces and moments that belong to an individual. Salameh, who describes himself as a visual storyteller, evokes a sense these moments are shared in a wonderfully subtle way.

More of Refuge Dreamgrove and other great work by Georges Salameh can be found here.

 

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