The recent government protests at Istanbul’s Gezi Park left quite the impression about life and politics here in Turkey. The very public displays of police brutality allowed the international community to witness firsthand what is to be tolerated, and what isn’t…. [Read More]
Conflict Breeds Creativity: 10 Middle Eastern Artists Who Inspire
Syrian artist, Tammam Azzam, was featured on the Huffington Post earlier this year for superimposing Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” over a bullet-ridden building in Damascus. This particular image went viral amongst the entire social hemisphere, captivating the hearts of romantics, freedom fighters, sufferers, and empathizers.
Azzam’s “passionate plea for universal love” resonates with so many people, including ourselves, as it depicts a reality so far removed from the Western world. The usage of a common denominator (in this case, Klimt’s most famous and recognizable work of art), anchors the image and creates a sense of connectedness with the art world.