Inspired by a Book Long Buried in the Garden

Ahmad Kaddour As told to Hosam Aboul-Ela, Oct. 7, 2016 I left my home in Damascus for a life in Europe decades ago, long before the migrant waves of today. At the time, I was an active member of the political left in a country run by the military and the secret police, so I had no real future in Syria. But my main motive for going to Paris in my 20s was to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts andRead more

A Kiss for Syria: Tammam Azzam

Voices Louder Than Gunfire In early 2011, Damascus was witnessing the rise of a revolution. The world was beginning to notice a rebirth occurring in the Syrian capital and from all corners of the globe, it was being watched with a wary eye. Art had seized the city and the force of this renaissance was reverberating far beyond its ancient walls. People were flying to Damascus to buy art, and Syrian artists were being flown out to exhibit their workRead more

A Syrian Artist Is Painting World Leaders As Refugees

A Syrian Artist Is Painting World Leaders As Refugees For An Important Reason “Those leaders who are partly responsible for the displacement of Syrians, maybe they will feel what it is to be vulnerable.” Abdalla Al Omari, a Syrian painter, filmmaker, and performance artist, is painting world leaders as refugees in an effort to humanize the ongoing refugee crisis in his home country while also casting powerful leaders in a vulnerable light. The Vulnerability Series, which was on display atRead more

A Colorful Humanism

Inventing figures that evade the classical vision, reflecting the everyday life and the human spirit, joy, sadness, violence and hope without time or space limitations, breaking the imposed framework in order to achieve a universe peculiar to himself, while maintaining a civic and humanistic connection with today’s world, such are the impressions that the art of Yaser Safi offers to the viewer: an art that breathes and blows a wind of freedom. We met him in Berlin, where he settledRead more

Un Humanisme Coloré

Inventer des figures qui échappent à la vision classique, refléter la vie de tous les jours et l’esprit humain, la joie, la tristesse, la violence et l’espoir, sans limites de temps ou d’espace, sortir du cadre imposé pour atteindre un univers propre à lui, tout en gardant une connexion citoyenne et humaniste avec le monde actuel, tels sont les impressions que l’art de Yaser Safi offre au spectateur : des œuvres qui respirent et font respirer l’air de la liberté. NousRead more

The Syrian Experience As Art

Syrian Art Exhibits Open in Rutland and Castleton by Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Seven Days September 28, 2016 “The Syrian Experience As Art”, an exhibition organized by Castleton University, Rutland, Vermont, USA. – Christine Price Gallery, Castleton, Vermont, USA, August 29 – October 14, 2016. – The Castleton Gallery Annex, Rutland, Vermont, USA, September, 2016 – January, 2017. A year after his announcement that the town would welcome 100 Syrian refugees, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras asked a favor of Castleton University professorRead more

Behind the Lines | Contemporary Syrian Art

Exhibition at Penticton Gallery, Penticton, Canada Jul 8, 2016 –  Sep 11, 2016 When I started to plan this exhibition over a year ago, I could not have imagined the relevance this summer’s exhibition of artworks by 19 contemporary Syrian artists would have had to our community today. Back then Syria for many was a far off place undergoing the most unimaginable of situations which occasionally made the local news, and even rarer still the front page. That allRead more

Syrian Art Coming to Penticton

by  Dale Boyd – Penticton Western News, Jun 28, 2016 In the midst of a conflict that has gripped the entire world, a connection created through art is bringing Penticton and Syria closer together. Humam Alsalim, a Syrian architect and co-founder of the Cyrrus Gallery, an online art gallery for young, contemporary Syrian artists is co-curating the latest exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery. The exhibition, hosting 18 artists with just over 90 works across multiple formats including video, photography,Read more

“Lady Picasso” from Aleppo

Art is not only an expression of feelings, it is also the result of an emotional intelligence sometimes hidden. In naive art there are emotional games of the unconscious involved, behind the simple lines and bright colors, there are stories, a legacy, and life experiences concealed. What matters in these paintings is the depth from which they were able to spring. Here is an awesome story, unique and astounding  ̶  such as the East knows to create through the prodigy of itsRead more

“Madame Picasso” d’Alep

L’art n’est pas seulement une expression des sentiments, c’est aussi le fruit d’une intelligence émotionnelle parfois cachée. Dans l’art naïf ce sont les jeux émotifs de l’inconscient qui interviennent, derrière les lignes simples et les couleurs joyeuses, se cachent des histoires, un héritage et un vécu. Ce qui compte dans ces peintures c’est la profondeur de laquelle ceux-ci ont pu jaillir. Voici une belle histoire, singulière et étonnante, – comme l’Orient sait en créer à travers le prodige de ses enfants.Read more