Gallery Opening – The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution

Thursday 6 April 2017, from 4h30pm til 6pm.
Duke University, John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Rd, Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States.

The exhibition will run until May 15th, 2017.

Creative Memory: The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution.
An exhibition curated by Sana Yazigi, creativememory.org

The participants:
Darayya media centre
Sahar Burhan
Yara Al Najem
Azza Abo Rebieh
Jaber Al Azmeh
Ahmad Aldulli
Syrian.Intifada
Ammar Al-Beik
Fares Cachoux
Mouneer Alshaarani
Nada Oueidat
Yamen Yousef
Jana Traboulsi
Mohannad Orabi
Adel Dauood
Sameer Khalili
Homs murals
Amr Fahed
Hani Abbas
Abed Naji

By Sana Yazigi, October 2016.
In July 2015, two pieces of graffiti appeared on a wall in the besieged district of Al-Waer, in the city of Homs: “One day, we’ll be what we want to be. The journey hasn’t begun and the road is not finished” and “I’m here, this is my trace, a moon will emerge from the darkness.”

With these words of hope from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwich, Syrian men and women are resisting suffering and death, as they aspire to a better future.

The Syrians have become invisible, hidden by the media, who only talk about the fight against radical Islamists, but never about the democratic motivations of the people.
It is as if in Syria there were only Bashar Asad and Daesh, as if individual Syrians did not exist, as if they were not resisting, not loving and not demanding their right.

Creative Memory follows the tracks and traces that Syrian artist-activists have left: graffiti, drawings, poetry, photographs, sculptures, paintings, caricatures… Today the site features over 24,000 items in three languages and 22 categories classified according to the date and place of creation and the names of their authors.

The website brings together works from the Syrian revolution and provides information about each one. We look at how people have given expression to their political, economic and social demands. We study their creations in order to preserve the memory of Syrian creative expression from the beginning of the Revolution in 2011 until today.

With simple but meaningful words and images, Syrians have cried out, but their demands have been forgotten and their causes abandoned. This is why we created this site. To resist amnesia. To support the Syrian cause. To pay homage to all those who have embodied, in their actions, a historic change.
We present these works to those who know all about the situation in Syria but also to those who know nothing. We go out of our way to give Syrians pride of place and to highlight the subjectivity of individuals. They must be made visible, so that the whole world should recognise them, so that their cause shouldn’t die. And this faith is the foundation of hope.
We present these works, as much to those who know all about the situation in Syria as to those who know nothing about it, and go out of our way to give the Syrians pride of place, to highlight individuals, so that they can become subjects and not objects. Because the Syrians must be visible, so that the whole world should recognise them, so that their cause shouldn’t die. And this faith is the foundation of hope.

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Exhibition, From Thursday 6 April til Monday 15 May 2017

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