Gallery for Contemporary Art
The LAWRENCE funun Gallery presents contemporary art in the context of migration and globalization. Whether paintings, photography, video, installations or design and fashion – there are no limitations to our media. Quite the opposite—interdisciplinary approaches that reflect intercultural ideas and concepts are highly welcome. Our curator, Petra Rietz, stands for quality and conceptual coherence—she herself being an educated photographer and longtime gallery owner, as well as an experienced exhibition organizer in Berlin.
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FACING SYRIA +
WOMEN'S EDUCATION BRINGS PEACE
current photographs, cartoons, texts and more
by Judith Döker
The exhibition gives a very personal impression, which partially reflects the already highly contradictory phenomenon of Syria.
In September 2018 photographer Judith Döker, FREEARTUS CEO Frank A. Buecheler and FREEARTUS employee Thomas Bensch spent extended periods in Lebanon and three and a half days in Damascus. Buecheler had already traveled to the Syrian capital for the first time at the end of 2017, which was still under heavy fire at that time. Prior to their stay in Cham – as the Syrians call their now and now half-destroyed metropolis – the three together with a student group had spent two days in the refugee camps Al Awdah and Al Yasmine in the Bekaa Valley. There they met Khalid Al Basiri and here were the shots made that show the heavy life in the camps.
Compared to the previous year, the situation in the camps has deteriorated significantly. As the Lebanese government now believes that there is peace in Syria, the 1.5 million Syrian war refugees, who are putting a heavy burden on the small country inhabited by 3.5 million Lebanese, are about to leave Lebanon. That is why their living conditions are made as difficult as they are unbearable. However, half a million Syrian refugees claim that they do not want to go back to their homeland under any circumstances. Without education and training, without work and perspective, this creates a lost generation - a breeding ground for future violence.
In Damascus, the Westerners were greeted with tremendous friendliness. Welcome to Syria! Where are you from? ... Germany? Good country! ... was said again and again in the streets, in cafes, in restaurants. The fact that life seems almost normal in the undamaged districts of Damascus, that people seem relieved that no more bombs are falling, must not deceive about how disastrous it looks in many outskirts - how persistently threatening the situation is in many regions of the country.
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