In This Moonless Black Night: Syrian Art After the Uprising

4 March - 20 August 2021
  • Curated by Maymanah Farhat
  • In This Moonless Black Night marks the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising by showcasing artists who have been at...

    Exile, 2019 by Khaled Barakeh

    Courtesy of the artist

    In This Moonless Black Night marks the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising by showcasing artists who have been at the forefront of chronicling the hope, conflict and trauma of the past decade through their practice.  


    During this period, Syrian artists have brought awareness to the widescale destruction of the country and the plight of its displaced while also reflecting on the peaceful nature of the protests that marked the start of the uprisings.


     Whether they remained in the country or went into exile, Syrian artists have experimented with diverse imagery and media to convey the magnitude and complexity of this period. In doing so, they have taken a long and rich history of art in new directions that were unforeseeable before the start of the uprising. 


    The title of the exhibition is adapted from a poem by the late Syrian poet Da’ad Haddad (1937-1991), who is known for subversive imagery that often reflects melancholy and alienation. The poem oscillates between abject despair and glimmers of hope, much like the works in this exhibition, which find renewal in expression and provoke much needed conversations that go beyond Syria and its diaspora to reach a broader audience.  


    Featured artists: Azza Abo Rebieh, Hiba Al Ansari, Ammar al-Beik, Nour Asalia, Tammam Azzam, Khaled Barakeh, Bady Dalloul,  Oroubah Dieb, Osama Esid, Lara Haddad, Mohamad Hafez, Nagham Hodaifa, Essma Imady, Kevork Mourad. 


    The full exhibition can be viewed here


    This exhibition and its programming have been supported by the Violet Jabara Foundation and the Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C.