When people hit the streets needing to draw attention to a cause or a person, it is the banners they display that express their opinions. Ultimately, these banners make all the difference. When directives were issued to celebrate and express loyalty to a particular leader or party, Syria’s public spaces would fill to the brim with all sorts of signs and banners. In the time of tyranny, writing ceased to be an art. Words were bought and appropriated. Words were drained of their power to move people and effect change. Words became tools used to glorify those in authority. People lived in fear of armed forces that worked to perpetuate corruption; hence their banners reflected this fear.
With the launching of the revolution, banners have returned to their essence. Today’s banners are made of paper now, as fabric is being used to shroud the martyred bodies that still grow in number. Nevertheless, the revolution has broken down walls, giving rise to new languages of expression and fields of creativity previously unexplored. Banners have gone from praising people in power to spelling freedom for citizens. Instead of contributing to individual gains, they encompass the whole of Syria, the hope for a better Syria.
Banners, in this time of revolution, have become a celebration of hope and freedom.