In Which Language do we dream?

16 October 2021
Impressions Gallery

We are familiar with the news headlines and the photographic images of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’. But what happens after displacement to those who are resettled and try to rebuild their lives? What about personal stories, and the relationships that form between new friends and new neighbors? And how do people hold on to loved ones and a past life that they had to leave behind? In Which Language Do We Dream? offers fresh insights into these issues, through the photographic perspectives of a Syrian family with first-hand experience.

The overarching questions/provocations of the symposium are:

How might photography ethically represent refugee stories?
How do displaced artists work between cultures and across borders?
Can photographs help change the traditional media narratives around forced migration?

A rich and provocative presentations and discussion by Rich Wiles, Anan Tello, Andrew Jackson, Gohar Dashti, and Ala Busier chaired by Raghad Mardini

The symposium is part of Platforma 6 that is taking place across Yorkshire throughout October 2021, produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with more than 20 different organizations, artists and collectives. This biennial festival for the arts by, with and about refugees. It brings together artists, organizations, and others to showcase work, develop networks and capacity, share practice and to learn.

“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).

Dinner and auction at The Art Club at Dover street in London, October 2017

In support of Flourish Foundation for healing through art therapy working with Syrian Refugees in Ritsona Camp in Greece, Litehouse Gallery organized an auction with a painting donated by the Syrian artist Kevork Mourad based in NY. Painting was sold and all 100% of proceeds were donated to Flourish Foundation as part of our humanitarian program to support Syrian refugees through art therapy.

Syrian National Orchestra presenting at the Pink house

lighthouse gallery

March 2017


Litehouse Gallery organized an evening at the Pink House, Beautiful Home of Artist Tolstoy in Battersea, with a line-up of performers and an auction of works of art to follow.

Two Musicians from The Syrian National Orchestra, Violinist Raghad Haddad and Vocalist Rania performed live traditional songs and music and were greatly cheered by the audience.