Welcome to the second issue of the Atassi Foundation Journal!

Last time around, we focused on beginnings. This time, we have themed the Journal around women: powerful women, inspiring women, women struggling with how to process the events taking place in Syria, and women using their extraordinary abilities and talents to weave together their disparate realities into objects and works of immense depth, beauty and poignancy. These are revolutionary women - revolutionary in every sense of the word: political revolutions, personal revolutions, and artistic revolutions - they’ve experienced them all.

We’ll keep this short as, ultimately, we want you to learn more about these fantastic artists first-hand: delve into an incredible four-way conversation between inter-generational artists scattered across all four corner of the globe, Azza Abo Rabieh, Khadija Baker, Sulafa Hijazi and Laila Muraywid; read Randa Maddah’s personal essay on time, history and memory; examine the mask-like works of Hiba Al Ansari and Nour Asalia and their inverse investigations of concealment and revealing, as well as a moving, no-holds-barred portrait of aging pioneering artist Leila Nseir, written by her close friend Monzer Masri.

As with every issue, we’ve also got exciting news to share with you, and welcome any writing contributions you want to submit.

Let’s keep shining the light on Syrian art and its artists.

 

Drop us a line any time on info@atassifoundation.com

Happy summer reading,

Shireen Atassi & Anna Wallace-Thompson

Features

Leila Nseir: A Tough Target For Death
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Leila Nseir: A Tough Target For Death

Interviewed by Monzer Masri

Born in 1941, Leila Nseir’s expansive artistic career and deft mastery of different styles, including Realism, Expressionism and Surrealism, has made her one of Syria’s foremost artists. Poet and artist Monzer Masri and Nseir have been friends for many years, first meeting at the Centre of Fine Arts decades ago, and it is this long-standing friendship that has allowed for an interview of unprecedented candour and honesty – at times poignant, at times uncomfortable – as Masri visits her, now in her late 70s and with failing health, in Latakia.

In Conversation: Mapping History and Trauma
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In Conversation: Mapping History and Trauma

We speak with four interdisciplinary, intergenerational female artists about ideas pertaining to their artistic practice, as well as concepts of identity and life inside and outside of Syria. Here, Azza Abo Rabieh, Khadija Baker, Sulafa Hijazi and Laila Muraywid talk together from their respective homes in Beirut, Montreal, Berlin and Paris.

Artwork Spotlight
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Artwork Spotlight

Hiba Al Ansari & Nour Asalia

In line with this issue’s theme, our Spotlight section examines the works of two female artists: Hiba Al Ansari and Nour Asalia. The two artworks we have chosen are both faces, both created in 2016, both revealing as much as they obscure and hiding as much as they try to uncover.

Meet the Artist
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Meet the Artist

In Her Own Words: Randa Maddah

Randa Maddah is a multimedia artist born in the Golan Heights in 1983. Her work deals with ideas of place and time, displacement and memory. Here, she shares some thoughts on key works in her career to date, as well as new directions emerging during her current residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

News
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News

We are excited to announce the formation of the Atassi Foundation Advisory Committee. Created to support the Foundation’s vision for the promotion and preservation of Syrian modern and contemporary art, its purpose is to bring together experts in different fields to pool their various areas of knowledge and insight.