Art Forms

Moving Dialogues Between Art History and The Syrian War

Magda Michalska 30 January 2017 min Read

Muslims are not welcomed any more in many places in the world. The only thing that I can do about it as an art historian is to endorse Islamic art and culture, and educate. This is why I'm going to feature more art from the countries listed on the 'not-welcome-anymore' list. I'll start with an artist whose art went viral a couple of years ago, Tammam Azzam, whose poignant and art history referring photomontages speak out about the atrocities of the Syrian War.

Van Gogh

[caption id="attachment_3386" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Van Gogh, Source: Facebook page of the artist Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Van Gogh, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist[/caption]

Munch

[caption id="attachment_3387" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Munch, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Munch, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist[/caption]

Gauguin

[caption id="attachment_3388" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Gauguin, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Gauguin, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist[/caption]

Dali

[caption id="attachment_3389" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Dali, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Dali, 2013, Source: Facebook page of the artist[/caption]

Matisse

[caption id="attachment_3390" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Matisse, 2013, Source: Tumblr Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum - Matisse, 2013, Source: Tumblr[/caption]

Goya

[caption id="attachment_3392" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Tammam Azzam, Syra Museum-Goya, 2013, Source: Tumblr Tammam Azzam&Lens Young Homsi, Syrian Museum-Goya, 2013, Source: Tumblr[/caption]

Klimt

[caption id="attachment_3391" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Tammam Azzam, Freedom Graffiti, 2013, Source: Tumblr Tammam Azzam, Freedom Graffiti, 2013, Source: Tumblr[/caption] Everything started with The Kiss, a work presenting love and affection superimposed on rumbles. The contrast between the ruined building and the beauty and universality of the painting's message is probably one of the most accurate comments on the war in Syria and the war in general. We are as much capable of creating perfect beauty as destroying everything.

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