Through Artists’ eyes – Contemporary Syrian Art

Through Artists' eyes- Contemporary Syrian Art

Nara-Japan 11-14 July 2017

Through Artists’ Eyes is an amalgamation of individual perspectives threaded together by the chaos and distress of the time. In their own ways, they deliver strong messages to the communities around the world and offer an exclusive insight into the reality of life in the times of conflict.

An Exhibition parallel to Nara Kasugano International Forum for Saving The Syrian Cultural Heritage for the next generation-Palmyra, organized by the Archeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture and supported by United Nations Development Programme Syria and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Heba Akkad, a young artist currently living in exile in Sweden, suffered from severe distress, alone in a country she does not know and separated from her loved ones. Soon, however, she began to use her imagination and creativity to produce art as her solace to overtake her pains. She successfully tried to detangle the feelings of loss and death and began to create colorful and bright pieces of art bridging her past, present, and future.

Farah Azrak, similarly to Akkad, tries to bring out her individual perspective separating herself from the general common picture. Living in the constant flux of place and belonging, dispersed in all directions, and the never-ending anxiety of these times, she chooses collage as her tool of expression in movement and imagination. She cuts out accumulated images and uses the scissors to destroy, deconstruct and reconstruct them into her own imageries, leaving a strong impression on the viewer.

Nevertheless, isolation from the darkness is not the only way to deal with the experience. Artists like Adel Daoud, Muhammad Labash, Ghylan Al Safadi, incorporate the dark element into their artworks. Daoud’s monochromatic beasts portray a sensitive take on the childhood memory and his current representation of them. Using different paper manipulations and techniques, he brings out details allowing the viewer a gentle approach to these savage beasts. While Muhammad Labash’s paperwork act as vivid studies of his imagination building on the refine use of line and brush to alter surfaces and landscapes. His works are gateways to his mind and how he sees the world around him. Ghylan’s graphic almost comic images represent scenes of life under pressure and the absence of light in the memories held in the mind. Lastly, Shadi Abu Saada’s colored paperwork are renderings of everyday life using the technique of layering to add dimension to what is seen and what can be seen in different perspectives.


Reflections exhibition at Arab British Center 22 June, London, UK



A collective exhibition showcasing, for the first time, contemporary artworks by seven talented emerging artists from Syria, who are all currently displaced from their homes. Farah Azrak, whose collages were being exhibited, was present and spoke about her experiences in London, Amsterdam, Turkey, and Beirut. Along with this, a screening of the trailer of the documentary “Art of Resilience” was shown which gives an insight to the Art Residency and the experiences of the artists who were a part of it.

The show features a collection by Heba Akkad, who is based in Sweden. Her pieces illustrate her mental health issues that she was able to overcome through art and creativity.

There are black and white drawings by artist Adel Daoud in which he uses a special technique. His work is currently being shown in Austrian Museums. The drawings are hung alongside sketches by Muhamad Labash, who currently resides in Lebanon.

At a corner of the exhibitions hangs a black and white “tree” charcoal on paper painting, all framed in black, paying homage to the artist Mahmoud Majdal who was forced to join the war in Syria and sadly, was killed a month ago.

Drawings by Shadi Abou Saada and portraits by May Hamdan Zmorrod add glamor and beauty to the show.


Art for Refugees 26 February 2017 EBRD

Art for Refugees 26 February 2017 EBRD

A fundraising event for the ECHO100 Plus Austrian charity providing solace to refugees arriving in Greece. The event was held at the UK headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where its attendees had an exceptional chance to be enchanted by an award-winning Lebanese storyteller, Alia Al-Zougbi, talented and innovative Syrian kanun player Maya Youssef and to please their eyes with the careful selection of paintings from ‘Art Residence Aley’ by Raghad Mardini. Even though held on a rainy evening of February, the audience hall was very well attended.

Celebrate Syria/ Westminster University 26 February 2016

“Celebrate Syria” event is a multi sensory experience of Syrian art, music and food, organized in collaboration with University of Westminster in London on February 2016 showcasing the works of three of our artists : Digital works by Akram Halabi ” Cheek “, Hazem Hamwi ” The Last Fifteen minutes in the life of a man in a coma” and the spectacular installation work of Milad Amine “ Shroud”.