Art Features

Do Syrian Artists Lose Their Identity Abroad?

Do Syrian Artists Lose Their Identity Abroad?

What happens to your Syrian identity now that you are living in a new country? How is your identity affected by the new country’s respective integration policies? Implicit in each of these questions is the notion of identity as a monolithic concept linked to nationality. The reality is never so simple.

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Reading Through the Cryptic Messages of ‘The War Show’

Reading Through the Cryptic Messages of ‘The War Show’

Unlike most documentaries produced in Syria since 2011, the filmmaker doesn’t follow a single character story. She attempts to tell Syria’s story through her own experiences, convictions and emotions.

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PKK Music: Engineering a Social Revolution

PKK Music: Engineering a Social Revolution

A song, from the perspective of the party, is a tool to aid the revolution and to rally the masses.

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‘Lost in Lebanon’ Explores Restless Wait for Return

‘Lost in Lebanon’ Explores Restless Wait for Return

Whether between mountains and vast green areas, or cement and slowly built towers, Syrians in Lebanon seem endlessly stranded in an irredeemable state of patience and loss.

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Burial Art – Assem Al Bacha

Hidden behind a lavish Andalusian past is the story of “The Last Damascene in Granada”, the self-exiled sculptor Assem Al Bacha.

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Mokdad’s 300 Miles: the Dilemma of Activist Documentaries

Mokdad’s 300 Miles: the Dilemma of Activist Documentaries

“The tricky thing about art, particularly about Syria, is that I always imagined that you make art for change.”

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Cartoonists on the Rise Since Uprising

Cartoonists on the Rise Since Uprising

A brief introduction to the most prominent caricature, comics and animation artists that have gained popularity amongst Syrians since 2011.

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Anas al-Braehe and His Ultimate Muse

Anas al-Braehe and His Ultimate Muse

“My mom, when still alive, would make clothes for her. Her dresses are so colorful! I would always see her walking around, as if she was floating; there is something very special about her. She moves like a star, she is different, she is beautiful.”

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Turkey Discovers Syrian Artists

Turkey Discovers Syrian Artists

After centuries of common history and decades of separation, facing — some shared — challenges, Syrian artists are permeating the Turkish art scene and creating important institutions and networks for both themselves and the host community.

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