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Syrian Artist Reveals Capacity for Love and Hate

A Syrian artist in exile places the works of Da Vinci, Gauguin, Warhol and others on his homeland's devastated landscape to reveal humanity's extremes.
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A circle of women from “The Dance” by Matisse celebrate over the remnants of an abandoned street in Homs. By Tammam Azzam.
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A circle of women from “The Dance” by Matisse celebrate over the remnants of an abandoned street in Homs. By Tammam Azzam.

"Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh lurks behind the tin, steel and concrete remains of a neighborhood in Daraya. By Tammam Azzam.
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"Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh lurks behind the tin, steel and concrete remains of a neighborhood in Daraya. By Tammam Azzam.

The ambiguous smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is juxtaposed against the collapsed roofs and twisted frames of Homs, Syria’s third-largest city and one of the centers of the rebellion. By Tammam Azzam.
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The ambiguous smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is juxtaposed against the collapsed roofs and twisted frames of Homs, Syria’s third-largest city and one of the centers of the rebellion. By Tammam Azzam.

Francisco Goya’s “Third of May, 1808”, depicts Spanish partisans being shot by French troops of Napoleon in the rubble of Douma. By Tammam Azzam.
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Francisco Goya’s “Third of May, 1808”, depicts Spanish partisans being shot by French troops of Napoleon in the rubble of Douma. By Tammam Azzam.

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