Zawyeh Gallery presents a new exhibition, Mist, in which two artists, Shada Safadi and Akram Al Halabi, analyse their homeland using memory, myths, and daily life practices by taking a step backwards and contemplating the scene in relation to its broader context. The exhibition is open to visitors until the 16th of August, 2022.
The Mist is an invitation to consider the scene and daily practices in the Syrian Golan Heights, to look at the beauty and contradictions that surface as a result of the paradoxical dynamics between the habitual and unfamiliar. Almost all the presented art pieces are enveloped with a floating white mist as if projecting their subjects through the clouds of memory. In the background, Akram Al Halabi’s audio puts the artworks back in the context of the Golan Heights.
To tell her stories, artist Shada Safadi used abstraction, collage, cyanotype printing, and installation work. Moreover, she covered the surfaces of her artwork with salt to create an effect like mist. A text in Braille in a glass frame that can be seen but not touched is also presented here.
Akram Al Halabi presented photographs of daily life, adding colour, lines, and Arabic letters to the images. He emphasises symbols and representations, creating a connection between the changed images of abstract reality and letters he illustrates.
Shada Safadi is a visual artist born in Majdal Shams. In 2005, she graduated from Damascus University with a degree in fine arts.
Akram Al Halabi was born in Majdal-Shams (Golan Heights) in 1981. After studying at the Faculty of Fine Art Damascus (Syria), he finished his BA of Fine Art in 2005. His works have been collected by many private collectors in the EU and Middle East.
Zawyeh Gallery is an independent Visual Art Gallery founded in Ramallah, Palestine, in 2013. Since March 2020, the gallery has expanded by opening in a second location at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, UAE.
To learn more, please visit the official webpage of the Gallery.
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