Berlin-based photographers Daniel Sonnentag and Kai Wiedenhöfer portray the human impact of the Syrian conflict. Their works, which approach the subject from different points of view, were exhibited at Gallery Al-Quds and the Goethe-Institut as a way to highlight this urgent humanitarian crisis.
Award winning contemporary artist Vian Shamounki Borchert presents her latest abstract expressionist paintings, “visual poems” derived from the beauty of nature through the changes of the seasons.
Two artists, Moroccan and Algerian, create drawings that “stigmatize the madness of modern man, adding an emotional dimension to a decidedly dark and caustic world.”
Gallery Al-Quds presented a new form of “virtual reality”—the reality of Palestine interpreted by artists in short and long-form videos and slide shows. Several Gaza artists have contributed films and images difficult for them to share outside its borders. Other artists created mini documentaries, metaphysical musings, hopeful fictions and painterly images of a reality that sometimes only they can see.
“Responding to an Iraq he finds unrecognizable, this figurative artist turns to still lifes painted as snapshots of life in the absence of figures, resulting in partial views of brooding environments. Yet the blossoms and leaves of Shayota’s floral bouquets reach toward the edges of paintings, refusing to submit.”
A collection of photographic night raid images was exhibited at Gallery Al-Quds September 30- October 14, 2016 providing a context for Israeli military night raids regularly performed in the village of Bil’in in the West Bank. The American Friends Service Committee initiated and produced Night Raid collaboration with the “Israeli Detention: No Way to Treat a Child Campaign.” Photojournalist Richard Cahan curated the exhibition.