The Syrian revolution inspired a new generation of dissident artists, driven by rage, horror, determination and hope. Al-Jazairy, 23, is one of them. Born in Damascus, he graduated in 2011 from the University of New Bulgaria in digital arts and started political drawing following the outbreak of Syrian revolution. “I decided to work for the revolution, following the storming of Al Omari Mosque in Daraa in April 2011. I tried to resort to Metaphysics to express my ideas, in order to reach the unconscious mind rather than the traditional and ordinary political design,” he told Global Voices. After his studies in Sofia, Bulgaria, he returned home to stand against Al-Assad’s regime. The death threats he received didn’t stop him: Al-Jazairy, who currently lives in Michigan, still creates revolution posters and shares them on social networks. He draws or uses pictures captured by people, and transforms bombings, torture and death into pieces of art. Al-Jazairy is currently a member of the Executive Office of the Syrian Democratic Platform and has exhibited art in several shows (including exhibits in the United States, Egypt, Britain, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Kuwait, Germany, Italy and Denmark) to support the movement for peace.
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The Scream, the Syrian Version | Inspired by Edvard Munch
Dancers and the dictator
City of love in a time of war
A child from Syira
A forbidden marriage
Bombs in the rain
Creation of Adam, the Syrian version | Inspired by Michelangelo
These two paintings have been plaguing my mind recently. I’ve known the above paining, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog for a while now. It’s hanging in my room. I saw Young Man at His Window this week in my architecture class and I immediately connected the two. They bear so many similarities, both dealing with isolation and the individual. Yet they contrast so obviously. Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog is all about the Romantic individual and his place in nature. Young Man at His Window depicts the modern man in the urban surrounding. Both are isolated, but for vastly different reasons. So much changed in such a short period of time and I’m not sure it was all for the best.