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.
In times of crisis and war, art is often seen as superfluous, a luxury. Yet, it is times like these when we most need art and artists. They give voice to the voiceless, tell a hidden story, shout out to break the silence and fear, nurture a culture, and create hope and beauty that help us heal. This is how cultures, civilizations and people can survive and flourish.