Artists have many inspirations. Sounds from nature, like artist Romare Bearden. Words are an inspiration for artist, Charles Demuth. Expression, for Vincent Van Gogh. But I recently came across these artist from Syria, who talk about their circumstances as their inspiration.They use “creativity as a weapon”. These artists have taken political asylem and discuss the role of culture in the uprising against the Syrian regime. Creativity, with stakes really high. With fellow artists being killed, in the process of making films, covering the revolution.
Writer and poet Golan Haji.
Golan Haji is a Syrian poet and translator with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He was born in 1977 in Amouda, a Kurdish town in the north of Syria. He has worked as a translator from English and American literature, and has translated Robert Louis Stevenson's Scottish classic Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde into Arabic.(Taken from Words without Borders)
Video-artist and dancer Rami Farah.
Rami Farah is a Syrian dancer and filmmaker. He was educated in dance in Damascus, and in film at the Amman Arab Institute.
Award winning Syrian artist Mohamad Omran .
Born in Damascus, 1979,Certificate from the College of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpting, Damascus University, 1999-2000.
"We want an open culture, where you can do and express, whatever you want."