Irregular Journeys is an exhibit to promote empathy for Syrian refugees and their families by tracing their journeys across borders and across cultures, from Syria to Canada. It was organized by the students of Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough to:
1) explore the history of the conflict in Syria and the factors involved in the current crisis,
2) understand the difficult process of leaving one’s country under duress and coming to Canada as a refugee,
3) become aware of the subsequent, sometimes fraught, process of integration into Canadian society with respect to the individual perspectives and cultural heritage of new Canadians.
The purpose of this website is to allow the reader to navigate supplementary data and thus, complete the interpretive experience of Irregular Journeys.
Come and check out our Irregular Journeys Exhibit opening tomorrow morning Saturday April 2nd at 10 am at Fleming College, Sutherland Campus, just up the stairs across from the Bookstore, next to Whetung Theatre.
599 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, ON, CANADA K9J 7B1
Leah Sandals’ article documents the work of the artist Morehshin Allahyari (find his work here), as he recreates cultural sites which have suffered damage or had been destroyed by extremists. He does this through 3-D modeling and printing. Each of the 12 models are printed in clear plastic. Though there is difficulty choosing works to recreate, being able to reproduce these structures even on a small scale has given individuals a reason to hope not everything has been lost.
Kousa Mahshi or stuffed zucchini is considered a staple food in Syria and also enjoyed in neighboring countries such as Lebanon and Iraq (Image 1).
Image 1: Kousa Mahshi. Image Credit: Special Broadcasting Service.
For this recipe, zucchinis must be hollowed out using a corer called a manakra.
Image: Manakra with zucchini examples. Credit: Paderno World Cuisine on Amazon.com
The manakra was one of the first things sought in Canada by the mother of the Syrian family that Kristy Hiltz and her sponsorship group supported. This is understandable given that refugees leave behind objects which help to carry on traditions such as food preparation. Fortunately, Kristy was able to track down a manakra and soon learned the specifics of preparing Mahshi as well as the magic of sharing a meal with new Canadians.