Art: Inspired by Syrian Histories

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Three art works commissioned by Sharq.Org and inspired by the collection ‘Syrian Histories’ graced the walls of Beit Beirut during an exhibition in 2019 to mark the launch of ‘Tarikhi: The Journal of Arab World Voices’.

Artists: Madonna Adib, Ghenwa Abou Fayad, mirella salame

The artworks were as diverse in nature and style as the stories that inspired them and were commissioned in a bid to highlight to artists the inspirational quality of stories and personal narratives. Sharq.Org published all the stories it documents under a Creative Commons license that enables and encourages artists, cultural actors, journalists, researchers and the like to borrow from and be inspired by the stories.

Ghenwa Abou Fayad’s sketches reflected the many moods and personalities within the oral history collection, while he sound installation – a concrete block with a speaker inside – reflected the intimacy of the act of sharing stories.
mirella salame’s installation was made up of stones wrapped in papers on which quotes from the stories were written, reflecting the strength and delicacy of shared stories.
Visitors stand next to a television set on which Madonna Adib's video is displayed. The video combined excerpts from the oral history collection 'Syrian Histories' with excerpts from the Syrian artist's own life.
Visitors stand next to a television set on which Madonna Adib’s video is displayed. The video combined excerpts from the oral history collection ‘Syrian Histories’ with excerpts from the Syrian artist’s own life.
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