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Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris

Contemporary Syrian Art: the History of a Visual Revolution

1 march 2019

Scholars, members of associations, exhibition curators, and artists speak of the effects of the revolution - from war to exile - on contemporary Syrian art and on the creations of artists.

(Simultaneous French-Arabic translation)

With the participation of:

- Hassan Abbas, scholar, director of the program La Culture comme résistance at the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut 

- Ola Abdallah, artist and doctor in aesthetics and contemporary art at the University of Paris 8 

- Azza Abo Rebieh, artist

- Mohamad Al Roumi, photographic artist, founder of the Syrian Cultural Caravan

- Nour Asalia, artist, doctoral student in aesthetics and contemporary art at the University of Paris 8

- Nemat Atassi, representative of the Atassi Foundation in Paris

- Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac, art historian, Centre d’histoire de Sciences-Po

- Cécile Boëx, political analyst, senior lecturer at the EHESS

- Catherine Coquio, scholar, professor of comparative literature at the University of Paris-Diderot

- Pauline de Laboulaye, president of the Portes ouvertes sur l’art association 

- Delphine Leccas, exhibition curator, artistic director of Rencontres internationales des cinémas arabes

- Randa Maddah, artist

- Farouk Mardam Bey, publisher and former president of the Souria Houria association, Paris

- Franck Mermier, researcher in anthropology, CNRS, EHESS

- Jack Persekian, exhibition curator, director of the Al Mamal foundation, Jerusalem

- Alma Salem, independent curator, founder of Syria Sixth Place and the Freedom Museum

- Sana Yazigi, graphic artist, founder of the site Mémoire créative de la révolution Syrienne

Detailed program and list of participants

All the videos of the session


Session 1 -Art in Syria before 2011: the market and censorship


Session 2 - New Places for Syrian Art: routes and networks


Session 3 - Art as Political Expression: activism and citizens’ initiatives


Session 4 - Art in the Middle East, from resistance to resiliency



Film on Syrian students at the Beaux-Arts 

Testimony of Randa Maddah and Azza Abo Rebieh, images and subtitles

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