War Correspondence / Bucharest Art Week 2017

The “War Correspondence” exhibition is organised by APAC(Romania) in partnership with SYRIA.ART in the framework of the BucharestArtWeek2017, and is curated by Humam Alsalim and Nona Șerbănescu.

Venue: Palatul Stirbei, Calea Victoriei, 107, 010069 Bucharest, Romania

Dates: October 14 – October 22, 2017

Curators: Humam Alsalim & Nona Șerbănescu

Syrian and Romanian art will be exhibited. Among the featured artists, the exhibition will host 6 Syrian artists.

Fadi Al-Hamwi | Syria
Humam Alsalim | Syria
Khaled Youssef | Syria
Manhal Issa | Syria
Nizar Ali Badr | Syria
Yaser Safi | Syria
Angela Bontas | Romania
Liviu Coman | Romania
Cristina Iacob | Romania
Mugur Grosu | Romania

"There isn't an image or a book that can totally transmit the horrific feelings of war, but one can take a glimpse, a hint of a warlike reality.
Hundreds of thousands are suffocating in silence within the borders of what's left of the country, and sometimes they scream."

- Humam Alsalim

This year, Bucharest Art Week revolves around a deeply sensitive subject: the war in Syria and its consequences. The theme, “War correspondence”, arouse from a series of questions regarding the role of the artist and the meaning of contemporary art in the present context of war ravaging the Middle East and affecting the whole continent on political, administrative, social and cultural levels.

The theme was suggested by Nona Serbanescu, the founder and director of the festival, an artist who is emotionally tied to Syria, through her heritage. This year’s edition will bring together various fields of artistic expression, like theatre, music and visual arts, with guest artists both Syrian and Romanian, for example Yaser Safi, Fadi Al-Hamwi, Khaled Youssef and Humam Alsalim who is the curator of the central exhibition of the week together with Nona Șerbănescu.

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Artist Talk – Fadi al Hamwi / Bucharest Art Week

Syrian artist Fadi al Hamwi is present in Bucharest for ”War Correspondence”, main exhibition in Buhcarest Art Week. Although the week is over, the main exhibition remains open until 27th of October 2017 at Palatul Stirbei.

Tuesday, 24th of October 2017, starting 12:00, the artist will be present in the gallery, at Palatul Știrbei, ready to talk about the exhibited works, about the condition of artist during the war, his own experiences and the way war influenced his work.

Damascene artist Fadi Al Hamwi holds a BA Degree in Fine Arts (2010), major in oil and mural painting, from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Damascus. As a multimedia artist (painting, video, installation), he has participated in numerous solo exhibitions and produced installations in Damascus and Beirut. He joined many collective exhibitions in Damascus, Beirut, Dubai, London, in Canada and the USA. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Fadi Al-Hamwi’s body of work shows a preoccupation with translating the human experience of war, rather than producing art with a political message. His art explored the lack of humanity in the Syrian war, exposing men and woman stripped to the structure of their bones. He gives a face to war and has offered a fresh and human perspective on the conflict.