"A kid's diary from the Middle East ... Now I do not remember what is silence How will my dreams be without the sound of bombing?"
Around the world, conflict is exacting a devastating toll on millions of children. Children, the youth and adults of the future, are being displaced all over the world, travelling dangerously by land and sea, as their families try to find a safe destination. Their innocence is not lost, it is ripped from them as the media regularly reminds us. The images we see also remind us to question our humanity - does it still exist after seeing so many images of children facing such dire conditions.
In Rafik Majzoub's exhibition, the artist shows their confusion, their anger and the state of what these children simply feel when they are affected by war. Will they even grow up to know what humanity means? The artist's naive style puts the viewer into the child's world, one mixed with bombs and flowers and mixed emotions, that his subjects don't yet understand. Powerful and sympathetic, the works give us insight to the tragedy of the world that many children face today.