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Tue, October 23rd, 2018
8:00 pm
- 9:30 pm

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10/23 at 8 p.m. Hafez will discuss the special role his art has played in speaking to the pervasive hopelessness and helplessness in his hometown of Demascus, Syria, while humanizing the millions caught in between the horrors. The graphic nature of his work aims to depict the atrocities being ignored globally while drawing attention to the urgent need to keep the dialogue alive. Furthermore, the distinctive Middle Eastern character of his work is highlighted by the subtle incorporation of Arabic calligraphy, Islamic patterns, and Qur’anic phrases amidst the depressing rubble and destruction. These culturally relevant depictions are at the heart of the broader meaning of his work as it endeavors to kindle hope and raise spirits in the midst of very dark times for the region. By presenting some of Hafez’s artwork in his slides, we hope to not only display the aesthetic and technical feats of his work, but also highlight the intertwining political, religious, psychological, and humanitarian complexities of the Syrian conflict. 

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