Homes, Syrian stories through artists’ eyes 05 May 2018

05.05.2018 – 20.05.2018

Spazio delle culture – Khaled al’Asaad

The cultural association L’Art9 together with the London-based Litehouse Gallery present the artistic festival “Homes. Syrian stories through artists’ eyes designed to give forms and voice to Syrian culture beyond the borders of origin.

In Syria, since 2011, the civil war has caused 5 million refugees. The aim of the festival is to group together the voices dispersed by the diaspora with the aim of rediscovering the roots of the common culture to give a place and a space where to express their strong cultural identity.

After the exhibition “Ahora Cuba”, on the transition and intergenerational dialogue in Cuba, Agnese Gallo and Silva Amoruso, 27 and 28, founders of L’Art9, together with their partner Raghad Mardini, curator and founder of Lithouse in London and of Residence Aley, artistic residence in Beirut conceived for young creatives refugees, have imagined “Homes. Syrian stories through artists’ eyes “to give a place of expression to Syrian artists in transit.

The project is structured as a real journey, organized in stages and with different contents. It is a dynamic project, which involves talents for whom the only constraint remains a non-negotiable identity despite the loss of social anchorages. The stories, performances and works on show will be stories of individuals – megaphone of a dislocated community, in spite of itself, in a global territory. The festival aims to raise awareness not only of history and events that have taken place and tragedies that have marked the lives of many, but also to sustain and to put attention to the projects and future desires of the Syrian people.

Launched with a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, the festival will be organized in several stages: Milan, Venice, London and Brussels. It will start in Milan from the Museum of Cultures, where from 5 May to 20 May will be exhibited the works of: Farah Azrak, Tammam Azzam, Adel Daoud, Araz Farra, Adib Fattal, Manaf Halbanou, Mohammad Labash, Shadi Abou Saada, Mohammad Zaza . The exhibition will be essential, changeable, just like the stages of a journey.

Paper drawings in small format  and video-art contained in a usb stick will be at the center of the exhibition: art works and artistic expressions easily transportable. The exhibition aims to be a theater for the promotion of intercultural dialogue, inviting visitors to participate in the curatorial selection of the exhibition. 

“Homes. Syrian stories through artists’ eyes”

“Homes. Syrian stories through artists’ eyes”
Project launch to the European Parliament, Brussels, 24th April 2018

On 24th April, the artistic festival Homes. Syrian Stories through Artists’ Eyes will be presented at the European Parliament, Brussels, during the second Brussels international conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the region”, hosted by the European Union and co-chaired by the United Nations.

The travelling festival was conceived by the cultural association L’Art9 and Litehouse with the aim to give a voice to the Syrian culture.

The panel discussion will be hosted by MEP Silvia Costa and MEP Maria Teresa Giménez Barbat, with the participation of Diego Marani, Cultural Diplomacy expert, European External Action Service, and the artist Manaf Halbouni.

The debate will focus on the role of art as a means of cultural exchange, in particular on the work of Syrian artists currently living in Europe.

Since 2011 the situation in Syria has forced over 5 million people to flee from their homes. The festival Homes. Syrian Stories through Artists’ Eyes aims at echoing the voices dispersed by the Syrian diaspora and exploring the roots of their common cultural identity.

The project is constructed in form of a real journey, organized in several steps and featuring different contents. As a dynamic and on-going project, the festival includes talented artists who share a non-negotiable identity despite the loss of social anchorages.

The featured works will display individual stories, fragments of a community which is scattered across the world.

The festival, curated by Agnese Gallo and Silvia Amoruso, co-founders of L’Art9 and Raghad Mardini, founder of Litehouse, aims at raising awareness about these personal stories and testimonies, while looking towards the possible future of the Syrian people in Europe and elsewhere.

Many events will be held in the framework of this festival, starting from an exhibition at

the Mudec, Museum of Cultures of Milan, Italy (5 -20 May 2018).

Syria: A Living History Through Artists’ Eyes 12 Feb 2018

Showcases the work of 14 Syrian artists. An amalgamation of their individual responses and perspectives to the chaos and distress of our time, the exhibition explores the depths of personal grief, and the capacity of the human spirit to love and hope in the face of the abyss.


Participating Artists:


Adel Daoud

Mohamad Labash

Farah Azrak

Heba Akkad

Randa Mdah

Semaan Khawam

Tammam Azzam

Suhail Badour

Mahmoud Majda

Nizar Sabour

Ghylan Safadi

Shadi Abu Saada

Fadi Hamwi

Ghassan Jdeid

The evening started with a Musical performance on oud and percussion by Rihab Azar and Jamal Sakka, followed by a Reading by author and illustrator of ” The Jasmine Sneeze” Nadine Kaadan and the highlight of the event was the Storytelling performance by Alia Al-Zoughbi.