BY GEORGES SALAMEH
Georges Salameh is a Sicily based Greek-Lebanese visual storyteller. Born in Beirut on 1st February 1973. After film studies in Paris (1991-1995), he moved to Athens (1997-2005) where he made his first steps in photography & filmmaking. Since 2006 he lives and works from Palermo.
"Refuge Dreamgrove" is a photographic series based on the notion of hospitality. "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. I'm a Sicily based Greek-Lebanese visual storyteller.
The presented project was selected from a spontaneous submission made by Georges Salameh. Our aim is to disseminate and bring to light telling work of emergent or young photographers.