Syriana- An Exhibition by Artist Reem Akkad
Date(s) - 01/26/2019 - 02/22/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Schlesinger Center, NOVA Community College
Northern Virginia Community College presents:
Syriana; a projection of emotions by a Syrian artist torn between hope and despair.
Reem Akkad, a daughter of Damascus residing in Virginia, brought her artistic talents, paintings, and a mixture of confused feelings as she crossed the world from Damascus, to Beirut all the way to the East Coast of the United States.
Syriana exhibits nine very personal statements of intellectual and emotional reflections on the humanitarian catastrophe we now lightly call, the Syrian conflict. They vary in color, from the blue of the Mediterranean, swallowing thousands of unwanted refugees, to the grey of flattened cement and the rubble of deformed “skylines”.
Unidentified figures of children frozen by fear, with a man weeping in silence. Syrians can no longer grief loudly; we would be deafened by their shouts.
Syriana does not pretend to have a clear “political” statement. It is merely the feelings of an artist who was weeping in tears as she drew each one of the 9 pieces.
This is a mindful and heartfelt exhibition. All proceeds from sold art-work is a donation.
In collaboration with Anera, your donations will be delivered to Lebanon, and will be used to establish a safe space for refugee children. This safe space will be dedicated to the children’s mental health through psychosocial support and counseling.