For this post I let someone else speak. Let me just add that we are showing Ali' s works within our exhibition " Light", which opens on December 15, 3.00 PM. We hope you will be there.
My name is Ali Mahmoud and I'm an artist. I studied fine arts in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Most of my artworks were full of colour, but then everything changed. War started in Syria and a lot of people I knew died. The colour in my works changed to darkness, as my soul changed to sadness.
Then I had to leave everything: my family, my friends and all my artworks. I travelled to Lebanon, to Turkey, to Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and ended up in Germany, hoping to start a new, safe life.
At the same time my sister found refuge in The Netherlands. I decided to visit her and when I did, my dear friend from The Netherlands asked me to visit him too. I travelled from the south to the north of this unknown country. After that time I did visit him many more times, slowly getting to know its culture.
After I told him about my art works, he found a way to get them back to organise an exhibition. I was delighted.
One of my friends from the Damascus Academy was living in Beirut, Lebanon. A city where a friend of my Dutch friend came from. When this friend and his wife travelled to Lebanon for a family visit, my family in Damascus managed to send my work to Lebanon. When our friends spoke to each other to set up a meeting, they found out they were just living 5 minutes away from each other in Beirut. He kindly brought back my works and we started to plan my first European exhibition.
Then another friend of a friend travelled to the Emirates, where my other sister is living. Before she moved from Damascus to the Emirates, she took the best of my works which I had at home with her to keep them safe. They met in Abu Dhabi and so I got more of my old graphics back. I was so happy.
Now it’s time to show the world here the dark side of my home country, war. This work reflects my feelings, my experiences and my soul. I hope nobody will ever forget that life has such a dark side, while everybody is concentrated on searching for light.