Middle East Institute Art Gallery Presents In this Moonless Black Night: Syrian Art after the Uprising Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on April 12, 2021
Exile, 2019, digital print on paper, aluminum frame 7.5 x 14.9 x 2.4 inches, by Khaled Barakeh. Courtesy of the artist.
On View: March 4 – July 16, 2021

In This Moonless Black Night marks the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising by showcasing artists who have been at the forefront of chronicling the hope, conflict and trauma of the past decade through their practice.

During this period, Syrian artists have brought awareness to the widescale destruction of the country and the plight of its displaced while also reflecting on the peaceful nature of the protests that marked the start of the uprisings.

Whether they remained in the country or went into exile, Syrian artists have experimented with diverse imagery and media to convey the magnitude and complexity of this period. In doing so, they have taken a long and rich history of art in new directions that were unforeseeable before the start of the uprising.

The title of the exhibition is adapted from a poem by the late Syrian poet Da’ad Haddad (1937-1991), who is known for subversive imagery that often reflects melancholy and alienation. The poem oscillates between abject despair and glimmers of hope, much like the works in this exhibition, which find renewal in expression and provoke much needed conversations that go beyond Syria and its diaspora to reach a broader audience.

Featured artists: Azza Abo Rebieh, Hiba Al Ansari, Ammar al-Beik, Nour Asalia, Tammam Azzam, Khaled Barakeh, Bady Dalloul,  Oroubah Dieb, Osama Esid, Lara Haddad, Mohamad Hafez, Nagham Hodaifa, Essma Imady, Kevork Mourad.

The full exhibition can be viewed here

This exhibition and its programming have been supported by the Violet Jabara Foundation and the Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C.

The show will be on view from March 5, 2021 through May 26, 2021 via timed appointments at the MEI Art Gallery at 1763 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 and online.  For more information visit: www.mei.edu/arts-culture . Join the conversation with @meiartsculture on Twitter and @middleeastinst on Instagram using the hashtag #MEIArtGallery.