This February, SSAC is stepping well beyond the borders of our Island to bring a powerful exhibit of contemporary Syrian artists. Behind the Lines is a partnership between: the Penticton Art Gallery & the Cyrrus Gallery Damascus.
Curated by: Paul Crawford, Penticton, British Colombia, Canada, www.pentictonartgallery.com and Humam Alsalim, Damascus, Syria, www.Cyrrusgallery.wordpress.com ; Founding Member SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien, syriaartasso.com
The exhibit runs Friday, February 16 – 25, 10am – 5pm. Mahon Hall
Volunteers: Interested in taking part: we are looking for volunteers willing to sit as Volunteer Attendants during the exhibit. Sign Up to Volunteer Here.
Special Events during the Exhibition:
Friday, Feb 16 – Opening Reception, 6-9
Thursday, Feb 22 – AiR Visiting Artist Talk with Greg Constantine, 7-9
Sunday, Feb 25 – Curator Talk & Panel, 2-4pm
Curatorial Statement: Paul Crawford:
In the midst of a conflict that has gripped the entire world, Behind the Lines | Contemporary Art from Syria is a traveling exhibition featuring close to 100 paintings, photos, video and sculptures created by 19 contemporary Syrian artists. This exhibition found its genesis online when Paul Crawford the Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery reached out to Humam Alsalim, a young Syrian architect, founding member of SYRIA-ART and co-founder of the Cyrrus Gallery based in Damascus, Syria.
This powerful exhibition provides a unique window into the lives and minds of those affected by the devastating war through their art. At the time of original planning of this exhibition most of the 19 artists featured were still living in Syria. They come from places made familiar through news reports like Aleppo and Homs. […]