Syrian resistance art makes a U.S. debut at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.
As tensions escalate in the Middle East, Mana Contemporary presents a deeply moving and timely exhibition of resistance art coming out of Syria since the start of protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Syria: A Silenced Scream opens on Sunday, September 29, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and free transportation from Manhattan will be provided.
Shown in the United States for the first time, the exhibition presents political posters created digitally by the artist collective The Syrian People Know Their Way as well as other revolutionary artists. Operating anonymously both within Syria and beyond its borders to avoid imprisonment and torture, the community of young artists, designers, bloggers and activists use social media to provide a political and theoretical commentary of life on the ground in Syria as well as engage the wider public in the uprising against al-Assad’s rule. More than 250 works, published online from 2011 to the present, have been translated into English for the first time.
Thematically, the works address issues at the forefront of the conflict today, including atrocities directed by the al-Assad regime; perspectives on foreign intervention; the role of major international actors including the U.S., Hezbollah, Iran, and Egypt; and opposition to sectarian violence and religious extremism. These materials, challenging decades of Ba’athist control over creative expression, allow viewers to examine the political reality of Syria authentically and unmediated through the perspective of the strugglers, rather than learning about the conflict through Western norms and points of view. Published in an archival format, the exhibition documents the movement and makes it accessible for generations to come.
The exhibition Syria: A Silenced Scream is organized by Mana Contemporary’s Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) and the Master’s Degree Program of Interdisciplinary Design at the Holon Institute of Technology. For more information, please visit: www.artmanafest.com/syria.