Middle East

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Salvador Dali’s “The Sleep” hovers over destroyed shops and homes on the edge of Idlib. By Tammam Azzam.
  • Paul Gauguin’s "Tahitian Woman on a Beach" is seen against the backdrop of tents in Zaatari, a camp for Syrian war refugees near Mafraq, Jordan. By Tammam Azzam.
  • An army of Andy Warhol’s “Elvis Presleys” stand defiantly over the rubble of a building in Homs. By Tammam Azzam.
  • Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” looms over the pock-marked interior of a bombed building in Douma. By Tammam Azzam.

Syrian Artist Reveals Capacity for Love and Hate

Published March 23, 2013

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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