ROOTH
From rough to smooth

ROOTH is an illustrated narrative comprised of a print (dimensions 10x0.40m), a book, card postals and a 3D printed figure. It depicts a young Syrian refugee's adventures. The story begins with the destruction of the hero's home and the beginning of his long journey. As it unfolds, viewers witness a child's attempt to create imaginary situations that provide him with temporary shelter along his way. He builds a fictional world, where airplanes become dragons and rescue boats become gigantic fish, and invents an imaginary friend, Pohe (Hope), who accompanies him along his way. The imagery is comprised of a mixture of handmade and computer generated shapes. As the narrative unfolds the illustration’s shapes soften. Sharp angles are gradually followed by smooth curves. The graphic approach is a mixture of patterns found in Islamic art and architecture, with abstract shapes referring mainly to the works of early Cubism. 

ROOTH is a reflection on the refugee crisis currently unfolding in the Mediterranean. It is a fictional story based on real events.
The names of the places and the characters are all interpretations and anagrams of real toponyms and notions. The connection of fiction with reality is achieved through the use of QR Codes embedded in the illustration. The QR Codes link to testimonials on some of the most dramatic events that took place since the beginning of the war in Syria. The title Rooth is a combination of the words rough and smooth. It symbolizes the main character’s desire
for a better life, his wish for the sharp angles to soften. 

ROOTH aims to sensitize viewers of all ages including children, to the absurdity of war but, like most fairytales, it also aims to give us 
a glimpse of hope - or could it be Pohe?



  
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Mariza Tsakona

ROOTH

ROOTH is an illustrated narrative. It depicts a young Syrian refugee's adventures. It is a reflection on the refugee crisis currently unfolding i Read More
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