Aleppo Syria Art
Alan O'Riordan writes that Brian Maguire returned to Aleppo to paint a "Syrian city" for the first time since the end of the civil war in 2011. The Syrian museum, which is juxtaposed with a series of dioramas of Aleppo and other cities in the Middle East, was created using digital technology. The Syrian-born artist has kept his latest work for his own collection, a "diorama" that shows life in Syria before and after the war.
At the beginning of the first wall, rows of carved portraits of the dead and statuettes from Palmyra, which also fell largely to the IS, can be seen on the wall. The paintings focus heavily on the former city of Aleppo, which houses some of Syria's most famous monuments, such as the Great Mosque and Temple of Baalbek, as well as a number of statues and statues from the city's ancient necropolis. Some of these statuettes are on display in the diorama, along with a number of other paintings from Aleppo and other cities in Syria.
The biggest challenge in science is that most Syrians study abroad, and many do not return to work in Syria. Art Camping invites young people to learn art and finally share it with refugees who have fled Aleppo and other parts of Syria. On the one hand, the number of artists and art producers in Syria is increasing, especially in Aleppo, but on the other hand, many of them are suffering from restrictive conditions.
Western media have presented it, but I am happy to be here and I now spend most of my years in Berlin, so I am happy to present it.
Aleppo may be synonymous with war and destruction today, but many will remember it as a cosmopolitan center with a long and difficult history. In Syria, a peaceful diversity of cultures has emerged in recent decades, with many different cultures, religions, ethnicities and religions. Syria is often discussed in the media, especially by people who do not know the place well, which I find very frustrating. Non-Syrians are lucky that they do not have stereotypes about what "Syrian" is and what is not, a definition that has been malleable for centuries without realizing it.
Since then, the fall of Aleppo and Russian air strikes have driven Syrians of all kinds out of their country. The Old City has seen some of the heaviest fighting in Syria's war, as Russian-backed regime forces recaptured rebel-held Aleppo in December 2016.
I visited my cousin in Aleppo and Damascus and of course had to stay in both for a few days, but nobody from Aleppo has completely closed its doors. One from Damascus goes back from time to time to his hometown of Aleppo, while one of my cousins has to visit both. Aleppo's past is not Aleppo of today, but it still feels like home to me and life there still works.
When I visited one of the city's most important art galleries, the Art Gallery of Aleppo, it reminded me of another side of Syria that people in the West rarely see, but when I visit it, I am always surprised by its beauty.
The art is inspired by the recent war in Syria, and the artists use landscape paintings to create remarkable works of art. For this project, local volunteers organized and planned graffiti murals based on London artist and social commentator Banksy to reflect current events related to the Syrian conflict. The drawing, "Syria Ink," is based on the murder of a teenager in which police shot a protester in Raqqa.
The Syrian uprising capitulated in 2011, spared Bashar al-Assad from brutal reprisals by his security forces. It was a shock when the war started, because I did not think that the Arab Spring would spread to Syria. The invasion signaled the start of a war whose effects have bled away to sow the seeds of IS. There were some really good times in Syria that stayed in the background, but the subsequent tragedies really affected my family's memory.
Hisham, who is in Turkey today, took part in a protest such as the one shown here, which led to protests such as this one, when rebel groups seized the eastern part of the city. Hafez al-Assad's crackdown was brutal when militants massacred about 50 cadets, most of them Alawites, at a military academy in Aleppo.
Another artist Khawam highlights is Bassem Dahdouh, who was born in Damascus, Syria, and whose work is influenced by Cubism and Post-Impressionism. Syrian artists began to express themselves in Daraa in ways that no one could before the Assad family came to power.
Barakeh, who grew up in a conservative suburb of Damascus, left Syria to visit friends in Paris, and next contacted a group of other "Syrian artists" he knew who lived in the US and Syria.