"The Art of Resilience means peace, it means hope" - Syrian artist Tarek Tuma reflects in this video on his painting on display at U.S. Embassy London as part of a special exhibit showcasing fantastic works of art produced by artists from Syria.
On December 6, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, showcased the work of six Syrian Artists at a reception honoring Nobel Prize Laureates. Abir Boukhari, a Syrian curator who moved to Sweden in 2014, and Swedish artistic nonprofit— People's Movements for Art Promotion (Konstfrämjandet) created and curated the exhibition in the Chief of Mission residence. Talal Aboudan, Khaled Ahmed, Inana(Nesren)Barakat, Nagham Al Rabihi, Majd Sarmini, and Nidal Sawas all presented their works.
Collaborating with The Atlantic Council Energy Summit in Istanbul, Art from Exile presented the work of six Syrian artists. In a 3 day pop-up at the Swiss Otel, Ahmad Abdulli, Houssam Alloum, Abudlrazza Alsalhani, Farah Trablise, Ahmad Hamoud and Falak al Ghazzi presented their works.
Tonight we open a two week multi-city showing of three short films by Syrian filmmakers. Shakespeare in Zaatari, directed by Maan Mousli chronicles the production of King Lear and Hamlet by the children living in Jordan's largest refugee camp. Suleima, directed by Jalall Maghout, tells the story through the eyes of a young woman of protest in Syria in the days before 2011. Champion, directed by Adnan Jetto follows the arc of change of the word's meaning from sports hero to warrior and martyr. The films are showing in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, and Istanbul.
The U.S. Embassy is displaying the work of Mohammed Hussein, a former art professor and visual artist from Damascus who now lives as a refugee in the Netherlands, at official residences during December and January.
Turkish and Syrian artists came together for two weeks in December at the UNIQ Gallery in Istanbul. The project, consisting of a workshop and exhibition, is paving the way for artistic communication and future collaborations. The workshop entitled“Open Studio” brought five artists from Syria and five from Turkey in UNIQ Gallery & UNIQ Space. The artists who used Uniq Gallery & Uniq Space as their space of production and participation for two weeks to bring the two neighboring cultures together in their interaction. The exhibition is up at Turkmall Sanat in Istanbul until March 30, 2017.
Some artists worked collaboratively, while others worked in individually in a shared space. Over the course of two weeks, the differences fell away and the group created together - experiencing the transformative power of art. In an open gallery/atelier space visitors came in and out, talking to the artists, observing their creative process. With “Together / Birlikte”, the artists created...
Art from Exile, together with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, is honored to collaborate with seven amazing Syrian Artists in it’s first exhibition, Living. These seven emerging artists speak through their art, and share their point of view.
Imad Habbab explores the connection between identity and location. Houssam Alloum’s works represents the masks we wear, to hide the deformities and ugliness of war, while Hiba Aizouq looks to show how we manage our emotions and feelings. Painting women and men separately, Eyas Jaafar creates two pieces reflecting how war tears families apart. Gulnar Hajo aims to keep us dreaming and hopeful, even during violence and destruction. And in hoping for some beauty to come from the bombs, Falak Al Ghazi uses smoke as her medium, bringing beauty from the ashes. Samer Al Kadri’s stark use of color draws us to his work, leaving us to contemplate both sadness and hope.