Culture in defiance

Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria

Prince Claus Fund Gallery
4 June to 23 November 2012
10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday

Free admission 

'Looking at the drawings you will understand the hopes and fears of the Syrian people under the Ba'ath regime', according to Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat about his work in the exhibition on Syria's creative dissent at the Prince Claus Fund gallery.

The 2002 Prince Claus Laureate opened 'Culture in Defiance' with an emotional speech (look back underneath) about the current situation in his home-country Syria. Which he left in 2011 after he recuperated from being attacked and having his hands broken. His family felt his life was in danger and urged him to flee. Ferzat joined the thousands of other Syrians who could no longer remain in their country due to the violence of the regime.

The exhibition Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria reveals an incredible outburst of creative dissent under this extreme duress. Some like Ferzat, started working during the long years of Hafez Assad; others like Masasit Mati, the group who produces the cyber puppet plays Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator, only last year. The exhibition features a wealth of short films, animations, popular songs, graffiti, art, posters, and wise words from inspirational Syrians.

The exhibition is an initiative of the Prince Claus Fund and curated by Malu Halasa, Aram Tahhan, Leen Zyiad en Donatella Della Ratta.

Culture in defiance

"you can deal with everything that is scary with laughter"

Motto of Masisit Mati, the group who produces 'Top Goon'

Opening 'Culture in Defiance', video by Ben de Graaf

Speech by cartoonist Ali Ferzat at the opening of 'Culture in Defiance'

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Opening Culture in Defiance, photo Maarten van Haaff

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Opening Culture in Defiance, photo Maarten van Haaff

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Opening Culture in Defiance, photo Maarten van Haaff

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Opening Culture in Defiance, photo Maarten van Haaff

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Opening Culture in Defiance, photo Maarten van Haaff

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Opening Culture in Defiance, photo Maarten van Haaff

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Culture in defiance

Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in SyriaPrince Claus Fund Gallery4 June to 23 November 201210 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday Free admission  'Looking at the drawings you will understand the hopes and fears of the Syrian people under the Ba'ath regime', according to Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat about his work in the exhibition on Syria's creative dissent at...