Jaber Al Azmeh
Syrian Photographer's View
In the early days of the Syrian revolution photographer Jaber Al Azmeh approached trusted sources and asked them to reenact their experience in the protest. The images are black and red, they are out of focus, and strong with the sense of motion. Hazy figures gather in mobs, throw hands in the air, carry compatriots, are thrown to the ground, and sometimes seem frighteningly alone. These works are powerful and immediate and though born of specific memories represent universal struggle.
As Al Azmeh reveals in a post he authored "People must remember lessons learned throughout history as they unite to create movements committed to freedom. As long as Bashar al-Assad, other dictators, and their financial and political supporters hold onto power, we must hold onto "revolution" as a word that inspires: It is our best hope" (Creative Time Reports).
In a world where we wonder if and how news corporations form global opinion, at times leaning on distractions of politics and religion, it is critical not to forget the human story of revolution. All the little moments reinacted and photographed by Al Azmeh are shards of untainted truth. Al Azmeh leaves no space in his work for political or religious "sides," rather leaves us with a frame of oppression against the masses. These works are indeed loaded with force, gravity, desperation, fear and hope- all the raw emotions of the human experience of revolution.
Full article and interview with the artist at Mutual Art
CreativeTimeReports Syria; This is not "Civil War" by Jaber Al Azmeh