This article explores the systemic importance of art in the conservation of images, historical reference, and cultural meaning as displaced victims of humanitarian crises make the transition from the land of their birth to a new country with a different history and cultural landscape. In presenting the work of Kevork Mourad, an artist of Armenian descent displaced from Syria, we show the essential, layered interplay of visceral, lived individual experiences and the historic collective memory of real and imagined pasts that survive the destruction of physical artifacts.
Merali, Y., Mourad, K., & Ghanem, M. (in press). Seventeen Pieces: Displacement, Misplacement and Conservation. New England Journal of Public Policy, 32(2),