At an event last week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) officially released The Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk, which outlines the categories of cultural goods most vulnerable to illicit trade during the Syrian war.
Hyperallergic speaks with UNICEF Jordan’s Deputy Representative Michele Servadei to delve into the question of child programming at Za’atari, both in the arts and education more generally. Accompanying her answers below are photographs of artworks produced by Syrian children aged 12-18 at the camp, and they appear here for the first time.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Part of what makes propaganda effective is the way it uses words that collectively sound like they mean something but ultimately signal very little.
LONDON — News from Syria suggests the pen, the paintbrush, the camera, and even needle and thread may be mightier than the sword after all. For what other reason would the government have broken the hands of a political cartoonist. But the fully recovered cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, is back at his desk, ridiculing the follies of man, and his nemesis President al-Assad may soon be looking for ways to avoid trial as a war criminal.
If you haven’t heard of Bassel Khartabil, it’s understandable. He’s not exactly in the art world, though his current position might put one in mind of Ai Weiwei during his arrest. Khartabil is a computer engineer specializing in open source software, and he’s been detained in Syria since March 15, 2012.
In the latest story of the Syrian government cracking down on artists, independent filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia has gone missing, presumably detained by Syrian authorities.
The stories of tragedy continue to roll out of Syria, though some have been disproven or highly doubted as Western propaganda, many are certainly true and now we learn of the death of the Syrian sculptor, Wael Kaston, 46, who was killed earlier this week in Homs, Syria, under what is believed to be torture.
Columbia University’s Knox Hall is quiet. Breaking the Fear Barrier, an art exhibit of political cartoons, news photos, documentary footage and children’s drawings to raise awareness about the revolts in Syria, opened its doors two hours ago and scarcely anyone has shown up. The eerie stillness is a harsh reminder of the world’s approach to the situation in Syria: silence and inaction.