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A Small Group of Syrians

Samih Choukaer, musician. “shame on you”

This project takes on one of the Syrian Government’s most prominent symbols – the Ba’ath newspaper, part and parcel of the Baath Security State – and turns it upside down to be a place where new thoughts are written by the Syrian people; thus overturning the daily chronicle of government lies.

We emphasize that the comments are not directed particularly to the Ba’ath but rather to the regime itself. Each participant was invited to use the newspaper to write some words symbolizing his or her thoughts within the general idea of the revolution. Those are Syrians; here are their words.

The project began during the earliest months of the revolution. That was a time when the camera was one of the revolution’s most important weapons, and it continues to be so. It has also been important to work in simple and easily accessible ways, while remaining discreet and not attracting too much attention.

The participation in this project gave birth to new friendships – which the revolution itself also has – in bringing together different Syrian individuals. With their talks of freedom, and with their complex emotional mix – ecstasy, sadness and determination – they proudly express their allegiance to the one homeland, Syria.

Shadi AbuFakhir & Assem Hamso. “hand in hand”

see more pictures at Mashallah News

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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  • In the morning of Friday 06/07/2012, while the street artist Jameel Rahmah was doing his usual activities of writing anti-regime graffiti calling for toppling the regime and for freedom, he was killed with a gunshot by Assad’s security forces. He was killed while carrying the sprayer he was using to call for freedom.

    Photograph of his funeral procession.

    Learn more about Jameel Rahmah at Damascus Center fur Human Rights

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