US museums provide emergency support for Syria
Syrian curators, heritage experts and civilians are being trained to secure high-risk collections
By Julia Halperin.
Experts are still working to determine the extent of looting that has taken place in Syria
US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government’s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country’s ongoing civil war.
from: The Art Newspaper
The Art of Syria’s War
Written by : Goos Hofstee
Whether living at home or in exile, Syrian artists find their art helps them cope with the violence in their homeland
CULTURAL CONNECTION blog: “Art has to be the best way to build trust between countries.” —Issa Touma, Syrian photographer.
‘Cultural Connection’ provides updates on the Arab and Iranian arts scene from writers across the Middle East and the Western world.
from: The Majalla
ABOVE & BELOW:
Syrian artist Tammam Azzam uses his craft to explore the socio-political events that have torn apart his homeland over the past three years. Known for using a variety of mediums, Azzam is now delving into memory and conflict while reflecting on the civil war-torn country, which marks the anniversary of the beginning of its conflict this week. Azzam currently lives and works in Dubai.
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Syrian art smuggled from the midst of civil war
The exhibition #withoutwords: Emerging Syrian Artists
features artists who remain in Syria under threat of persecution
by David Batty
Amid the worsening bloodshed of the Syrian civil war, getting the work of the country's struggling and oppressed artists seen overseas involves serious personal and financial risk. Fadi Haddad, of refugee support group Mosaic Syria, estimates it has cost almost £30,000 to smuggle out artwork for a new London exhibition that explores the worsening humanitarian crisis.
Syrian Civil War Inspires
Syria has become synonymous with violence and conflict, but the violence has also given rise to a burst of art and creativity.
From subversive graffiti to online poetry, Syrians are expressing themselves in ways that were barred before the uprising against President Assad began in 2011.
The work of dozens of artists has been brought together in a book, “Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline.” The launch took place in a café in London. The BBC’s Zak Brophy went along and brought us this report.
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Life returns to plastic art galleries in Syria
Damascus, SANA – In a step that opened the door wide for plastic artists to display their artistic items, Artist Anas Nassar has organized a joint exhibition at his new gallery “Nassar Art” that embraces various works of drawing and sculpture produced by more than forty artists.
As Old Damascus has always attracted artists regardless of their trends, and has always been the source of inspiration in their artistic works, Nassar chose an ancient Damascene house to be the location of his gallery.
The gallery exhibits artistic items of young artists who found it a haven to exhibit their works in the current crisis in Syria which forced most of the private galleries to stop their activities.
“Opening the gallery in the current circumstances is considered a great challenge,” Nassar told SANA, adding that despite of difficulties, he is confident that the Syrian people are throbbing with life and they deserve to enjoy artistic and cultural sides of life.