Contemporary Art by Prominent Syrian Artists Presented in collaboration with Khawam Gallery, the exhibition showcases contemporary works by Syrian artists who began a new phase of their careers by creating work in response to the recent impact of war on their nation. Primarily composed of paintings for the 21st Century, the exhibition weaves together images of physical and virtual worlds, memories and emotions that collectively emerge as an intimate testimony of human suffering and resilience.
The exhibition showcases works by Syrian American and Syrian artists who began a new phase of their artistic careers in response to Syria’s war. The paintings are a sweeping survey of contemporary art from America and Syria that weaves together images of the physical world, memories, emotions, and the virtual world. Some of the artists emigrated to the U.S., Europe or neighbouring countries, others are still living and working in Syria and are currently professors of art in the Faculty of Arts in Damascus and Aleppo Universities.
While none of the works are political in nature, the influence of the war is reflected in the style and content of a number of the paintings and the development of the artists themselves. Their paintings are a grand testimony of human suffering and survival whether spiritual or physical, especially in times of war. The artists in this exhibition are deeply rooted in their country’s rich cultural and artistic traditions and assimilate the achievements of Western Modernism in the portrayal of their expressive representation of the human body, and urban architecture.
The influence of Syrian heritage, Antiquity, the European and American Modernism are apparent in most of the paintings. There are many fine examples of the outpouring of Syrian culture which has proved itself to be both resilient to the culture of death and a passionate expression of desire for the culture of life and hope.
– Tony Khawam, Exhibition Curator