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Plastic Artist Al-Hajali’s Paintings Embody Syrian visual identity in a universal human language

Plastic artist Bassam Al-Hajali seeks to penetrate into the secrets of the universe through his paintings with  which he wants to  convey  the Syrian visual identity in a universal human language.  

Regarding his relationship with his painting,  Artist Al-Hajali  told SANA  that “ the painting resembles life in its journey and  I try  to reach through it to the spiritual visual dimension by relying on experience, color  direct interaction with it and through dialogue until we both reach a balance”. 

Childhood and the environment had their positive and negative effects on the formation of the personality of the artist Al-Hajli.The stage of  youth   formed his intellectual and artistic personality through the analysis of life and the human being and he began expressing his observations and ideas in color.

He considered  that life is a journey in which a person must be a fighter in order to be able to achieve his ambitions and dreams and to convey his message to the universe. 

Al-Hajali, who chose an artistic name for himself, Serialo, within his  artistic expressive  approach  which is something  between dream and illogical realism in the new digital world,  expressed  that this artistic trend came as a result of years of contemplation, work and daily diligence to reach what he calls the cosmic dimension, whose first manifestation was in his exhibition “Cosmic Messages”  which he held  in Dubai and included  a developed , visual and  human dialogue.

The artist  considered  that the visual language of people has developed today and  is now able to decode color codes through sensation. 

Al-Hajali deals with each of his works as a unique case .He    addresses  his paintings to  human beings , to the universe  and free from outdated traditions and restrictions imposed by society.

 “ We will continue to paint and beautify life and present it  to our homeland  which we have been able to do despite all difficulties. Syria  is  our mother  and without it there is no value and no life for us” artist Al-Hajali concluded.

Rawaa Ghanam

From Syria to India ... a Concert by the Jazz Band at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts

Within the framework of reviving the musical heritage of Syria and India, a musical evening was  performed  by the jazz band led by musician Doulama Shihab on the opera stage of Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus.

The concert , which was held in cooperation with “Sada” Cultural Association, was performed by a number of musician including Shihab  Ali who played  the Trumpet, Narik Abjian and Tariq Skiker  were   the  piano player  , Basem  Al Jaber played the  Contrabass, Abeer Al Batal is the singer , Hannibal Saad  was  the guitarist  and Faris Al Dahan  played the Drums.

During the evening, the band presented a variety of 11 musical pieces   that varied between Syrian heritage and Indian classical and the flirtation heritage. 

The concert attracted a large audience of young people, who liked jazz songs because of the vitality and enthusiasm that Western opera songs lack as well as providing an opportunity for communication between musicians and a Syrian audience with a taste for this type of music.

The departure of the creative people, can only be exceptional Farewell Dr. AbdElKarimFaraj

Actually it is very rare to find this quantum of grief on an artistic personality, and a consensus on its deep effect especially among his scholars and young artists. He is Dr. AbdElKarim Faraj, the late Syrian Artist, who passed away recently. He made a tremendous impact on a whole generation of Syrian artists and in the Syrian artistic scene for decades.

It is noteworthy to say that I have been personally fortunate to interact with such a personality, since Dr. Faraj was a close friend of my father. I was blissful to see him on many occasions at my father's residence and to discuss his concerns about the artistic movement in Syria.

An evening of Baroque music by Al-Hujra choir at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts

Magnificent pieces of German Baroque music, which is the first basis for the development of classical music, recently performed at a concert by the Chamber Music Orchestra hosted by Drama Theater in Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts.

The sixth retrospective graphic art exhibition displays the Ministry of Culture’s holdings.

Graphic art is a traditional category of fine arts including any form of visual artistic expressions such as painting, drawing, photography  and printmaking usually produced on flat surfaces.

Within the framework of reviving such arts, thirty-two  graphic artworks by a number of  graphic artists, who belong to different generations,  were displayed at  the sixth retrospective exhibition of graphic art  hosted by the People's Hall in Damascus .

The cultural event  , which was held by the Fine Arts Directorate at the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Syrian Plastic Artists Union, depicted various art  styles, techniques  and topics.   

Sculptor Imad Kashout, Director of Fine Arts at the Ministry of Culture  said in a statement to SANA, “The exhibition included  important works of the Ministry’s  holdings by some  graphic  artists  who are considered  the founding generation”.

He stressed that this  exhibition came within the framework of  the  Fine Arts directorate’s efforts to restore memory to graphic art and  introduce it  to  art students and the public who love it in an attempt to make this art   as the rest of other  arts.

Artist Kashaut underlined  that these retrospective exhibitions are part of a systematic activity of the culture  ministry to support plastic artists , indicating despite their suffering during the years of the war on Syria they  never stopped working.

He  noted  that the virtual modern art museum project was re-launched with full support after it stopped in 2012 due to the  nine-year war . 

According to  Hussein Saqour, the official in charge of exhibitions at the Union of Fine Artists,  the graphic art is a  rational art and developed over time with its methods, indicating that the aim of the exhibition is to introduce  graphic art and its techniques  to people  through such exhibitions.

Rawaa Ghanam