A woman holds her crying baby in a hospital in Aleppo’s al-Sakhour district after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped at Aleppo’s Haydariye district by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, March 9, 2014.
"Ukrainian brothers! Don’t surrender to the savage Russians. Keep going, depend on yourselves, and never rely on the international community" -Kafranbel, 07/03/2014.
These beautiful photographs highlight the transformative power of street art, and the impact of the practice of collaborative art in community-building. They were taken at a refugee camp in Syria.
Read more about this delightful project run by AptART (Awareness and Prevention through Art) here.
Waiting for death.
Waiting for the barrel of TNT to be lobbed out of the back of an Assadist helicopter onto them in Aleppo,Syria.
“War” is an excerpt from “not a matter of if but a matter when: brief records of a time in which expectations were repeatedly raised and lowered and people grew exhausted from never knowing if the moment if the moment was at hand or still to come,” an art projected developed in 2005 - 2006 in Damascus, Syria.
Between 2005 and 2006 Rami Farah was asked record short sequences in which he responded to a prompt or a written text. Through a combination of direct address and fantastical narrative, Rami’s improvisations speak to living in a condition of uncertainty, chaos and stasis.
Through asking him to record his reactions to mundane words like “dawn” “village” “house” and “bird” as well as more provocative ones such as “freedom” “war” and “resignation”, the artists attempt to find meaning in a time and place where the official vocabulary has been abused by the government and no words exist to describe them beyond this scope. Rami’s seemingly mundane improvisations reveal the reality of the Syrian political condition, managing to articulate a rhetoric of fear and pending doom, while simultaneously expressing cautious hope. Though the close-up and portrait framing seems deceivingly simple, it emphasizes how the actor’s body flips roles from body politic to citizen body, and eventually shows that boundaries are blurry, unfixed and capricious.
2005 - 2006 marked officially, the end of the “Damascus Spring” when following the death of Hafez al-Assad a period of intense political and social debate began in hopes of pushing reform. Many activists, writers, intellectuals, and important figures met at salons held at homes to debate various issues that had previously been considered taboo. During that period, several statements were released by different figures in Syrian society, intellectuals, activists, authors, filmmakers, civil society leaders, and religious figures calling for the end of the state of emergency, abolition of martial law and special courts, the release of all political prisoners, the return without fear for all political exiles, the right to form political parties and civil organizations, and the political demand that Article 8 of the Syrian constitution, which provides that the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party leads the state and society, be repealed (x and x) and a call to ending the Syrian occupation of Lebanon. The initial optimism and energy for social reform slowly diminished after some overtures towards reform by the government were made, with eight activists and participants of the salons were arrested and sentenced to jail time between 2 - 10 years.
However, after the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, the Syrian government was pressured to withdraw from Lebanon, ending the 30-year occupation. After that, the “Cedar Revolution” happened, Hezbollah fought with Israel, Iraq held elections and began a descent into civil war, leaving the region a little bit more shaky that it had been previously. For Syrians, with a relatively new president, this sparked anxiety and anticipation, wondering when it would be ‘their’ turn, so to speak. Each of these events had a significant impact on Syrians and how they viewed themselves, their government, and their past.
Although on the surface, Syria seemed stable many including intellectual Sadiq Jalal al-Azem, noted that widespread anxiety was bubbling beneath the surface and many thought that change was upon them, and would show itself in an explosion.
Though recorded 6 years prior to the start of the Syrian uprising, Rami Farah’s 3:49 video discussing his associations with “War” seem to predict the explosion in March 2011 and aftermath that followed. Using the body as metaphor, he imagines a violent social change that has for all intents and purposes become reality.
For a recent interview with Rami Farah, see here.
To see more videos in the “not a matter of if but a matter of when” series, see here.
"Please don’t cut my pajama’s sir, they’re new"
This is what a little girl in Aleppo, Syria is telling the cameraman as he checks her wound. Assad’s forces dropped a barrel bomb (barrel packed with TNT and tossed from a helicopter) onto this girl.
She goes on to say: “My mother was so happy today because I was able to walk” … refering to a previous operation she had to repair her legs from a previous bombing attack by the Assad regime.
This is Syria. There are Syria’s children. This is the ‘life’ they live under the Assad regime.
A scene of unimaginable desolation - a crowd of men, women and children queuing for aid stretches as far as the eye can see into the war-devastated distance. Photo of Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk, in Syria, published by the Guardian.
Syrians in the besieged Old City of Homs are now so desperate for food that they are eating “anything that comes out of the ground, plants, even grass”, resident Baibars Altalawy has told the BBC.
Mr Altalawy, 24, described life in parts of Homs under government siege for over a year-and-a-half.
He said those under siege had had to rely on supplies of food, medicines and fuel left over from the time the siege was imposed - and they had now run out.
"If we don’t die from bombardment or snipers, we die of hunger or the cold," he told the BBC via Skype from Homs.
"Father & Son"
A boy sits on a park bench in Aleppo, Syria next to the body of his father who was killed in an airstrike by the Assad regime.
Iran participates in the daily slaughter in Syria, while Israel saves the lives of civilians wounded in Syria.
lmao stfu, don’t fucking use Assad to portray your so-called “humanity” to the world; you’re a state that was built on genocide and ethnic cleansing, you’re no better than Assad and his cronies (Iran included).