Heba Al Akkad

Heba Al Akkad

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There’s No Place Anymore, 2013

Mixed media on canvas, six images each 20 x 20 cms

This work was made the same year Al Akkad’s brother Ahmad was tortured and killed inside a Syrian prison. The six paintings show photos of individuals, rendolent of the photos often carried or displayed by the families of The Disappeared around the globe, familiar from many news broadcasts.  In fact, several of these photos show victims from the Khmer Rouge’s infamous S-21 prison in Cambodia.  She has described her artistic path:

“My painting before the revolution was very individual, I would only care about personal things. Now, I care about what is happening in the country and my experience in the revolution. If I hadn't lived this experience with people on the street, I wouldn't be able to paint."