Syrian Artists Build Replicas of Country’s Destroyed Monuments

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Syrian Artists Build Replicas of Country’s Destroyed Monuments

 

“Throughout Syria’s four-year war, many of the country’s ancient monuments and artifacts have been demolished by ISIS and Syrian bombs targeted at Islamic militants. In August, ISIS destroyed Palmyra, one of the most important cultural centers in the world.

Yet a group of Syrian refugee artists in Jordan, with the support of the United Nations and Internal Relief and Development, have been salvaging some memories of their country’s destroyed artifacts. Since November 2014, these artists have been constructing miniature models of Syria’s ancient architecture through a project called Syria History and Civilization, according to a reporty by Buzzfeed News.” – from Archdaily

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Mahmoud built his model of Palmyra using clay and wooden kebab skewers. Mahmoud, who like the other artists is also from Dara’a, hopes that by seeing the exhibition, residents at Za’atari will remain connected with the country and culture they have been forced to leave behind. “This is a way for them not to forget. As artists we have an important role to play. A lot of what we know about ancient civilisations or prehistoric people is preserved through their art – Egyptian hieroglyphs or cave paintings.”

Mahmoud Hariri building a model of Palmyra using clay and wooden kebab skewers. Image Courtesy of UNHCR Tracks

 

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