Where art leads: Syria’s extraordinary contemporary art goes global.

Modern art exhibition, Damascus
“Modern art exhibition, Damascus.” ©2005 Charles Roffey. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Ruben Sanchez, “Alas para volar.”
Ruben Sanchez, “Alas para volar,” 2014. Photo courtesy: European Commission DG ECHO, ©2014 Samantha Robinson | AptArt. License: CC BY-ND 2.0.

“Engaged in the fate of their country as dissidents, witnesses, and cultural interventionists, Syrian artists have openly questioned the role of art at every turn, publicly discussing the ways in which form and representation can be used to communicate the consequent realities of war.” —Maymanah Farhat, “Syria’s Apex Generation” contemporary art exhibition.

“That life should lead us here…”
A nomadic art in exile, Syrian contemporary art is flourishing on a global scale.
“It began with the graffiti.”

Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon
Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon,” South Bank, London, England. ©2004 Dominic Robinson. License: CC BY-SA 2.0.