Behind the lines

BEHIND THE LINES: CONTEMPORARY SYRIAN ART is an itinerary exhibition across Canada. The exhibition hosts 20 artists with 100 works across multiple formats including video, photography, painting and sculptures.

Exhibition at Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H5

July 8 – September 11, 2016

Exhibition at Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St, Duncan, BC Canada
November 27 – December 3, 2016

Exhibition at Brentwood College School, Mt Baker Rd, Mill Bay, BCCanada
December 10 – 17, 2016

Exhibition at Yukon Art Center, College Drive, Whitehorse, YukonCanada
Dec 08, 2016 – Feb 25, 2017

Exhibition at Gallery at The Military Museums , University of Calgary, Alberta Canada
October 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Exhibition at Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria BC Canada
January 24 – February 5, 2018

Exhibition at Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), 114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
February 16 – February 25, 2018

Exhibition at Langley Centennial Museum & Exhibition Centre, 9135 King St, Langley, BC V1M 2S2 Canada
Juni 9, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Exhibition at Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford BC V2T 0B3 Canada
September 27, 2018 – January 06, 2019

Exhibition at Dawson Creek Art Gallery 101, 816 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4T6 Canada
January 28 – March 8, 2019

Syrian Artists: Ethical Witnesses From Behind the Lines

In the midst of a conflict that has gripped the entire world, a connection created through art is bringing Penticton and Syria closer together.

Humam Alsalim, a Syrian architect, founding member of SYRIA-ART and co-founder of the Cyrrus Gallery, an online art gallery for young, contemporary Syrian artists is co-curating the latest exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery.

Behind The Lines – Contemporary Art from Syria is a traveling exhibition. The exhibition hosts 20 artists with 100 works across multiple formats including video, photography, painting and sculptures.

The art is an inside look into the minds of those affected by the devastating war, including Alsalim.

20 artists from the Syrian art scene are represented:

Painting: Omran Younis, Obaidah Zorik, Huda Takriti, Reem Tarraf, Maiesam Mallisho, Fadi Al Hamwi, Mahmood Al Daoud, Alaa Sharabi, Juhayda AlBitar, Mohammad Zaza, Lina Malki / Sculpture: Khaled Dawwa,  Ali Almeer  / Photography: Khaled Youssef, Khaled Akil,  Ammart Khadour / Digital Art: Humam Alsalim, Rami Bakhos /  Video Art: Fadi Al Hamwi, Huda Takriti

Paul Crawford, Penticton art Gallery – Image credit: Dale Boyd/Penticton Western News

Curators :
Paul Crawford, Penticton, British Colombia, Canada,

Humam Alsalim, Damascus, Syria,
Founding Member SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien, 


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