Sound Place in Kurdistan Hammam. The hammam as an architectural space of freedom. There is no other situation we can imagine where people are more unprotected, but free and protected at the same time like a hammam. Here people lay down all their symbols of hierarchy - people become equal. This creates a special place where people get to know each other, can discuss all topics (even political topics) - A hammam or a bath house offers the possibility of a free space. This is also linked to other middle eastern countries with autocratic systems. Bath houses or hammams are not political controlled, it is one of the only spaces where people are able to talk without thinking about restrictions or other conventions. Those hammams still exist today in the Kurdish region. After a long struggle and a grown economy hammams get to spaces of a die out species. In a free region they lost a little bit their political function of free spaces. Also, the economical situation leads to a new time where people have their own washing rooms and are not dependent on public hammams to wash. How do this development of hammams change the society? Are there new equivalents for the former hammams? And what will happen to those more than hundred years old spaces of freedom? How can a transformation of those hammams look like?
Text by Abel Korinsky and Hardi Kurda