Manaf Halbouni: Monument

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni opens a new installation 'Monument' in Dresden which refers to the current situation in Syria whilst establishing links between Europe and the Middle East and hopes for peace and reconstruction.

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  2. Manaf Halbouni's new installation recreates a powerful image from the streets of Aleppo in 2015 where three buses were upturned vertically, fastened together, and used as a shelter for civilians against sniper fire. Halbouni's artwork 'Monument' is both a symbol of war and destruction, but at the same time an appeal of hope for peace and humanity. Installed in the centre of Dresden, the sculpture draws attention to the parallels between the Syrian civil war and the 1945 bombing of the German city. The artwork was funded through donations from the local community, but has caused some controversy - opening with protests by Dresden’s right-wing factions.
  3. The artwork and reactions to it have been covered in the local and international press:
  4. Reported by the Guardian: A local branch of Germany’s rightwing populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) have reacted against the artwork and denounced the artist as a "rootless wander".
  5. 'Halbouni has close ties to Dresden. His Syrian father met his German mother while studying architecture at the city’s university. Together they moved to Damascus in 1979. Halbouni was born there but returned frequently to Germany in his youth. He has childhood memories of the Frauenkirche church when it was still in ruins. Since 2009, he has been based at the city’s school of fine arts. Responding to the AfD, the artist said, in a roundabout way, his critics were partly correct: “I am rootless, in the sense that the war has taken my childhood away from me, by killing or scattering the friends of my youth all over the globe,” he said.'
  6. The artwork has had a strong response on social media:
  7. A combination photo shows (Upper) people walking next to the art instalation Monument by Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni, made from three pass- https://t.co/agG7oiDC0v
    A combination photo shows (Upper) people walking next to the art instalation Monument by Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni, made from three pass- pic.twitter.com/agG7oiDC0v
  8. Aleppo was a thriving city before the Syrian civil war. Manaf Halbouni reflects about it with "Monument."
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    Aleppo was a thriving city before the Syrian civil war. Manaf Halbouni reflects about it with "Monument." Read more:  http://bit.ly/2lgbZcu  pic.twitter.com/mQKi9jS0kL
  9. Counterpoints Arts and the V&A co-commissioned Halbouni's interactive artwork 'Nowhere is Home' (2015) for Refugee Week in June 2015.
  10. Nowhere is Home' by Manaf Halbouni, 2015
    Nowhere is Home' by Manaf Halbouni, 2015
  11. You can watch the video of 'Nowhere is Home' here:
  12. To see more of Manaf Halbouni's work please visit his website: manaf-halbouni.com/