"I'd Rather Prefer
Not To Speak
I`d Rather Prefer Not to
Speak about Politics tonight
For many years, AllArtNow
gather us together to work, dream and plan about arts and about our tomorrow.
The space was full of arts and dreams. We
believe that by our humble work, we could change for a new life to come, put
remarks and maybe the new generation will come to have a
We planned our future and
we thought that we know where we are going but we found ourselves in a high
storm since 2011, we stopped all our plans, found ourselves strayed and painful
Our plan has changed; we
started to obtain new visions moreover our space also plays a new role since
2012; AllArtNow turned from an independent art space aimed to bring a change in
the cultural art scene in Damascus, to a tolerant space who offers safety to its new companions where Allartnow closed its door to be refuge for some families who fled from the
conflict and the violence in the suburb of Damascus.
The artists as all Syrians
feel broken, contradictory, painful, full of emotions and the feeling that they
lost their future.
We have been dispersed, try to obtain new plan and new
goal. Some of us stayed in Syria, keep the hope that tomorrow
"something" will happen and we will be able to fix our life, resolve
our problems and come back to dream about our tomorrow.
left the country, try to find alternative space for their future and keep the
hope that tomorrow "something" will happen and we will be able to fix
our life and to decide about our tomorrow.
I think all of us we keep asking: did we lost our space, our ambitious, our
dreams forever or tomorrow the storm will calm down and we will be able to
rebuild our life and our space to be better than before?
I`d rather prefer not to speak to you about politics but about two of AllArtNow
Muhammad Ali stayed in the country, keep the
hope that soon he will come back to his dream, his work and his life
Nisrine Boukhari left Syria in September 2012,
try to find alternative space for her dream, her work and her life
Both of them took the risk full of hope to gain a goal or to get some
They are playing a gamble game on their future and
their life; no plan, nothing clear and nothing for sure, they only keep some
hope and believe that they will win their life.
Tonight, I will leave
this alternative space to these 2 artists to tell you something about
you find time to them.
The artists in the show:
"366 Days Of 2012"
In my project, I am weaving the myth of my
time and my place, where I am vagrant inside my life, traveler in my isolated
I am drawing my visual witness through 366 figures
to archive my 366 days of year 2012.
Through my work, I am drawing my
personal diary to archive my 2012 from my personal view.
“Unreceived letters ”, 2014 (the
Since I left Damascus in September 2012 I didn’t
come back till now , I started to write a quick notes everyday about what is in
my mind about the city I lived in.
These small notes let me feel that I am still in relation with my place while I am living my loneliness out of it.
Started from personal experience , and the study case of the city in conflict which is forming the main research in my work right now.
through the language I’m using, I draw in words a psycho-geographic map of a city in exile, saying something about a state of the image.