showcasing creativity in wake of the syria crisis

Create Syria shows that the country is not just about destruction and crisis - it’s about creativity too.

by Matthew Whitehouse
21 September 2016, 1:30pm

An exhibition showcasing creativity in wake of the Syria crisis opens tomorrow (22 September) inside the tunnels of House of Vans. Showcasing the work of exiled Syrian artists living in Lebanon, the multimedia exhibit takes in animations, short films, photographs and audio installations, exploring how art can help build a better future in the wake of violence that began following anti-government protests five years ago.

Inspired by a project run by Alert in partnership with the British Council and the independent cultural organisation Ettijahat in Lebanon, the featured artists have working to support displaced Syrian children in refugee camps and other communities across Lebanon. Their aim is to capture their vision for a more peaceful Syria, one in which creativity and collaboration prevail in spite of the conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2011.

"Art presents the good and beautiful things in life, and encourages people to do the opposite of violence," says Karim, a Syrian animator involved in the show. "It's a coping mechanism, a way of dealing with the toxic context and the politics which is so complicated."

Create Syria is held at House of Vans, London as part of International Alert's Talking Peace Festival between 22 September - 2 October.


Text Matthew Whitehouse
Scenes from a performance by Koon Theatre, an experimental theatre group set up by Ossama Halal. (Image: © Mohamad Khayata)

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