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.
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Happy summer reading,
Shireen Atassi & Anna Wallace-Thompson