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Syria speaks: Art from the frontline

A new generation of Syrian artists, cartoonists, photographers and writers has emerged from the region's bitter conflict

By Malu Halasa  

Our Saigon execution, Khalil Younes, 2011, 40x 30cm, Ink on Paper

An alternative revolution is taking place in Syria, while the three-year long conflict between rebel forces and President Bashar al-Assad rages on. Its weapons are not sectarian violence or chemical warfare but spray paint, cameras, pen, ink and digital illustration. For Syrian artists, filmmakers and writers, creativity has become the first line of defence against violence and tyranny.

Since the civil war began in 2011, there has…

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