Syria: Exiled artists create art that reflects, critiques and inspires

Art Radar highlights eight of Syria’s contemporary artists whose work tests the boundaries of artistic expression and socio-cultural norms.


In 2012, Al Jazeera reported that a number of syrian artists, filmmakers and actors were persecuted, arrested and even tortured by the state for dissent.

Determined to continue their work free from censorship, many have had to leave the country to survive.

Dubai has become one safe haven for these artists. Hisham Samawi, Co-founder of Ayyam Gallery, which represents Middle Eastern artists and has branches in Dubai, Beirut, Jeddah and London, told the BBC that the gallery has moved its headquarters from Damascus to Dubai, and has since then relocated 15 Syrian artists (and their families) and about 3,000 artworks.

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