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This Syrian artist is ‘painting on death’

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Art always had a role in conflict zone. Various art forms and creative expressions fearlessly portrayed the fury of war.

A 38 year-old man from Syria is converting the destructive weapon of war into fine art pieces.

Akram Abo Alfoz collects the bombs and bullets that litter the shell-ridden streets of his hometown and decorate it with vibrant patterns. He named the art work as ‘Painting on Death’.

Alfoz believes that waging an artistic and cultural resistance is no less important than the battles on the ground.


He lives in the besieged city of Douma, which is just east of the Syrian capital Damascus in an area called Eastern Ghouta.

Before Syria broke out into civil war, Alfoz used to paint glasses.

“I wanted to make a piece of work that serves as a testimony for this era so that I never forget the crimes of [Syrian president] Bashar al-Assad,” the artist told Middle East Eye while speaking about the inspiration behind the art work.

“[This artwork] serves as a message of hope, steadfastness and struggle at the same time. And as a reminder to those who can see us, yet are standing silently,” he added.

(All photos are taken from the Facebook page Painting on Death)