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'Moments from Syria' first art exhibition in Eastern Ghouta

Culture | 2017-07-22 12:14:56
'Moments from Syria' first art exhibition in  Eastern Ghouta
(Zaman Al Wasl)- The "Spring Revolution Rally" in the town of Yalda, south of Damascus, held an art exhibition, the first of its kind in Syria, entitled “Moments from Syria” on Friday. 

The exhibition includes photographs taken by young people from various parts of Syria and cartoons documenting significant, bad and good, moments. The one-day exhibition is being held at the Yalda Civil Registry building under difficult conditions to revitalize revolutionary activity.

According to the activist Mohammad Abu Qasim, the exhibition includes 110 paintings of photographs captured by different Syrian photographers in different cities and towns and that won prizes such as activist Mohammed Badra’s photograph in al-Ghouta and Hossam Qattan from Aleppo and others.

The exhibition also includes pictures of the siege, destruction, bombing and the work of the Syrian Civil Defense ambulances and rescue operations as well as images of the Free Syrian Army. The exhibition also showcases some of Ali Farzat and Hani Abbas’s caricatures.

He pointed out that “this exhibition is the first of its kind in south Damascus and the town of Yalda specifically. He added that a similar exhibition was held in al-Yarmouk camp three years ago.

Abu Qasim, a photographer, activist in the Spring Revolution Rally south of Damascus and part of the young Damascene’s Lens group, expressed his hope that civilians and activists alike will attend the exhibition especially as the exhibition is a new phenomenon and provokes curiosity. He added that the aim of the exhibition is to preserve the revolutionary spirit exhausted by the siege.

“The main reason for the limited duration of the exhibition is that there is no other place to show the exhibition except in the civil registry which is closed on Friday,” explained Abu Qasim.

He added, “most owners of salons or other places prepared for setting up a show like this reject this type of activities because of the presence of the revolutionary flag, and on the basis the exhibition is anti-regime, especially as the areas has had a truce with the regime since three years.”

Abu Qasim said that most civilians and salon owners move around via the Bibla-Sayedi Meqdad checkpoint, so they fear being held accountable or arrested for organizing such exhibitions. (Reporting by Faris Rifai)
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