Category Archives: contemporary Arab art

Thoughts on Commemoration, Memorials and Historical Memory

Every year German television shows documentaries about the bombing of Dresden in February 1945. At a time when the German defeat was becoming clear, the indiscriminate killing of civilians, among them many internally displaced people stands out as a senseless … Continue reading

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Artistic dialogue, a provocation?

Yesterday was the opening of the first event of the FORUM for new arab art this year. I launched the FORUM in 2012 as a platform for showing art produced in different Arab countries and by artists of Arab origin … Continue reading

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Humanity in pieces

Humanity seems to be forgotten these days in Syria. The world has got used to horrific news from the country and every time we think that a low has been reached, something even worse appears. Today, the news were the … Continue reading

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Istanbul Days

Since 2010, Delphine Leccas and myself have been organising the Visual Arts Festival Damascus. At the time of its launch in Autumn 2010, we did not know that it would be the only time the festival would take place in … Continue reading

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Communicative Spaces and New Media in the Context of Political Emergencies: Strategies of Palestinian and Syrian artists

A figure runs across a barren desert landscape towards the viewer. As it nears, we can discern the figure of a young man, smiling and friendly looking. He seems full of hope, happy to have reached his goal and stops … Continue reading

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Creative Strategies of Protest in Syria: Mapping the Virtual Agora

Since the protests started in Syria last year and the large scale ban on foreign journalists, we have been witnessing a wave of disturbing images from inside Syria, caught on camera by brave citizen journalists under great personal risk and … Continue reading

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Things That Still Need to be Said

A year ago, I published the following post on the great Syrian film maker Omar Amiralay on my former blog. I am publishing it again here, because much of what I said then is still relevant and I would like … Continue reading

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