Syrian Perspective of The Last Supper

Artsy Editors
Jun 18, 2014 7:50PM

On April 16th, Samer Kozah Gallery (Damascus) curated a group exhibition of Syrian artists titled “The Last Supper” at The Venue Gallery in Beirut Souks (Down Town). Featuring 56 artworks by 56 emerging and established artists depicting their perspectives of the masterpiece and its story that carries contradictions of facts and fiction in the view of our recent times and sophisticated events witnessed in the Middle East especially Syria.

The intersection of religion and politics in the purpose of powering mankind has always been the cause and motivator of war and endless conflicts in the history of Man… Yet the details of such conflicts will always remain discreet, only time reveals it with stories, that are filtered in accordance of the ones in power preferences who later on dictate what should be told to later generation, forming what we all know as history.

The original Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci represents the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among theTwelve Disciples when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. (source)

Back to the 2014 exhibition… Each artist presented a new version of The Last Supper, varied from modern to contemporary approaches in different forms of art: mix media, sculptures, photography, hyper realism, calligraphy, manuscript and video art. Some of the artists are based in Syria and had to deliver the artworks amid the difficult circumstances the country lives. Each participant was able to say one common message through the exhibition “art in Syria is alive regardless of everything!” (Read full article: )

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