Everywhere At Home, Yet Nowhere Feeling Home

A spirit of Discovery Against Rootlessness Syrian photographer Baraa Rajab Basha exhibits his series of portraits at the TUFA in Trier, Germany, from January 11 to Februar 03, 2019. “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” Homeless man Chris Gardner’s inspirational quote fromRead more

Mohamad Hafez: How He Uses Artwork to Celebrate Syria’s Past

With his new sculptures, the Syrian artist who lives in the US sees it as his ‘duty’ to create art that reminds people of the beauty of his country. In Mohamad Hafez’s sculptures, every detail brings a part of Syria to life. A doll-sized porcelain plate represents how people would send food to their neighbors. Syrian and Jewish fabric fragments on a clothes line embody the region’s diversity. And the decorations on a building mimic Greek and Roman symbols allRead more

Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart

Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart An exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York October 13, 2018–January 13, 2019 Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart recounts the changing stories of refugees in Syria over time—then and now—and places their differing experiences, a century apart, in a global context. Around the turn of the twentieth century, Syria gave shelter to refugees from Russia—ethnic Circassians, displaced by the Russian conquestRead more

Khaled Barakeh . The Blue Hour

Between a lost identity and the belonging to a foreign culture As part of the Days of Exile, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) showed from 16 November 2018 until 13 January 2019 works by Syrian Artist Khaled Barakeh. In his work, the artist deals with long-term conflicts and their possible pacification, the experience of torture, flight and exile and how refugees cope with their war experiences, biographical breaks and with a new beginning. His approximately 20 works,Read more

Calligraphy is a Meeting with God

Artist Khaled Al Saai – A portrait, an encounter Khaled Al Saai summarizes the history of Syria in a painting. In 2018, he has been an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Islamic Art, Pergamon Museum in Berlin. “Calligraphy is music for the eye”, writes Syrian-German author Rafik Schami in the afterword to his novel “The Secret of the Calligrapher”. “For the less”, answers Khaled Al Saai smiling, one of the ten most important calligraphers in the world. AsRead more