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Asem Hamsho
Born in Syria in 1980, Hamsho graduated in Licence Journalism from Damascus University, Syria in 2004. He is a founding member of the charity Alphabet for Alternative Education, working to provide educational and psychological support to children in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. He lives in Paris, France.
Hamso created his series Places of Zero Time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Here we meet the women who are the pillars of this enclosed society, and the children whose childhood is wasted waiting. Schools may arouse their motivation, but they need only look around at the tents made of old advertising banners for luxury products to be reminded of the economic, social and philosophical gap between themselves and the outside world.
Though created in a specific country and era, Hamsho’s black and white prints evoke the time-less and frozen aspect of life in any camp, anyplace or anytime, where people have nothing to do but wait.
As well as inclusion in group shows across France, Germany and the UK, Hamso has regular solo shows such as La Détunue + Les Revenents, as part of the 2019 HENNA Festival in Bremen, Germany, Places of Zero Time in the Church of Old St. Peters in Strasbourg, and At the Edge of the Earth at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, touring to Polysonnance, Châteaulin in France in 2016.