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Since the 1990s this country has nurtured a succession of visual artists whose work has veered from electronic art to cinema and vice versa.Broad swaths of Arsanios' work resemble documentary film. The "Ideology" project, which has taken various forms in the past couple of years, issues from long-term fieldwork the artist conducted among women's communes in northeastern Syria ("the Jazeera") -- from which the autonomous Kurdish-administered region emerged during that country's civil war, and the opportunistic violence of Daesh (ISIS).Other feminine voice-overs -- whether accompanying panning shots of rural locations or the fixed frame of an anonymous desk -- reflect upon the justice of land redistribution that took place after regime troops were pushed out of the region, and the grass-roots committees that developed in lieu of the state.As if to provide a counterpoint to the film's feminine voices, other voice-overs emerge from interviews with men -- apparently spokesmen of the Kurdish regional administration.They describe the dysfunctional land regime over which Damascus had presided before 2012, predicated on cash crop production rather that cultivating farmers' relationship with the land, and the virtues of the land redistribution that had taken place. One pragmatically minded fellow, his voice-over framed by the photo-studio sunset, addresses Arsanios' question of whether the Kurdish administration was willing to collaborate with the Damascus regime in local land administration.
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