mom says: I’m staying home

Video Installation @Natalia Ali

In this Video – Installation, the staircase to our home back in Damascus, and my mom’s voice saying: your sister is not leaving, neither am I

growing up in Syria, with a russian mom and a syrian dad, I always wondered what makes people decide to leave their country. until I made that decision to study abroad. That was shortly before the war started.

I was afraid to visit my family, but after two years of not seeing them, it was time.
I went there..
I was trying to convince my mom to move back to Russia, there came her answer, I confess, she never knew I was recording her voice, and I never was able to tell her..