Syrian war is a shame of our times.
This war had reset the standards of barbarism. Almost all kinds of war weapons have been used from both sides- brutal killings, burning the victims, rapes, hunger, seige and you name it.
I have personally talked to Syrian Refugees Muslims, Christians and Kurds, arriving here, and they speak of Assad and ISIS as the #SAMESHIT. Not one said they were happy with Assad.
As I post the Channel 4 News Video on Homs, Syria, a friend comments:
“This level of barbarity should not be possible in today’s day age. Yet, looking at the complete destruction of this city leaves me speechless !”
The images remind me of an artwork from Syria that had gone viral a few years ago. I hunt and hunt and finally dig out a treasure to my amazement.
It was first of a series work by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, who studied fine arts from University of Damascus. Azzam used the devastating, war ravaged images from Syria and superimposed renowned master pieces of the art to send a polite message to the world.
His first piece “Freedom Graffiti” in which he used The Kiss by Gustav Karl was the piece that went viral in February 2013.
The other images in the series, by the same artist are equally mindblowing:
Andy Warhol’s Elvis
Henry Matisse’s The Dance:
Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night:
Edward Munche’s The Scream
Francisco Goya’s The 3rd of May 1808:
Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian Women:
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa:
Salvadore Dali’s Sleep:
Finally he sends an affectionate message to the world powers especially those engaged in Geneva Talks, which obviously has fallen on deaf ears so far.
Geneva Bon Voyage:
As the brutal world powers wrangle and wrestle over the fate of his people, failing to agree for peace, Tammam Azzam and many other artists try to touch the conscience of international community, to pay heed that the Syrian plight.
More such series of other art works and artforms from Syria will follow in subsequent blogs.
May the art work heal us all. May peace be with us all.