Damascus rose is a garden of Damask roses - a once iconic species at risk of disappearing as the Syrian fields in which it grows have largely been abandoned as a consequence of the civil war. The artist works with a network of collaborators to transport young cuttings of the rose from fields close to Damascus in Syria to Turkey, via Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Italy. Fittingly, the cuttings are repeatedly delayed and mishandled, and even destroyed. Those cuttings that survive the journey - embodying a sense of loss, imperilled possibility, and the desire for life- Bucak grafts onto 'host' rose hip plants and replants to form a garden built of the detritus of memory accumulated and discarded throughout our current age of global migrations.
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