Culture & Arts

Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Illustrations, Graphic Journalism Create Alternative Narratives and Historical Documents

Notwithstanding the overload of photographs especially through social media, there has in recent years also been a growing use of illustration to raise awareness, inform audiences and to tell stories.

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How Khalifa’s ‘The Shell’ Informed Political Awakening in Syria

How Khalifa’s ‘The Shell’ Informed Political Awakening in Syria

Before the revolution, Khalifa sometimes had regrets about writing ‘The Shell’. But since then, “the revolution has obligated the regime to show off all the barbarism, without restriction, in front of the cameras.” And when “young readers […] told me very clearly that what prompted them to take part in the uprising against the dictatorship had been […] reading ‘The Shell’, my fears and troubled faded into the background. It was a relief.”

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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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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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