Artistes: Aiham Dib, Muzaffar Salman, Randa Maddah, Monif Ajaj.

Curator: Delphine Leccas


January 12th – February 25th, 2017

Opening on Thursday January 12th, 5:30pm

The night of the opening, at 6pm, curator Delphine Leccas accompanied by curator and cultural adviser Alma Salem, will introduce the exhibition. It will be an opportunity to find out more about the artists and their work. It will also be an occasion to ask questions and discuss overarching issues, together with members of the Montreal Syrian community and the curator.

Project description 

“In Canada, as elsewhere, little contemporary Syrian artwork is exhibited, and people only see Syria through the prism of televised imagery, nakedly raw and torn apart by war. Almost six years after the first protests, it is difficult to measure and to speak about new artistic forms. It is rather a question of showing what Syrian artists have to share in this period of chaos.

Faced with violence and the obscenity of garish media imagery, the artists in this exhibition have chosen moderation, delicate lines and the modest format of the sketch, the fragility of paper. After six years of trauma, social media and the pressing need to relay information have given way to the solitude of the artist’s studio. Finesse, the poetry of the everyday, of a simple gesture, the soft light far from news flashes, a breath, a respiration, the sound of rain, a return to the private sphere and the fragility of being. Both the Syrian population and artistic practices directly suffer the consequences of conflict. However, it is within this inner black hole that light can be born. Because, in the end, it is a question of light.” – Delphine Leccas


Photo: Randa Maddah, still from video, Light Horizon, 2012 .