intersection 06.28.17

Syrian Dossier

The local gestures have been powerful, if symbolic. MoMA has displayed work from artists of travel-banned countries.

Trinity Wall Street featured an installation based on Issam Kourbaj's Another Day Lost, reminding us of the conflict and the diaspora.

A replica of the destroyed Palmyra Arch of Triumph stood for a week in City Hall Park before continuing its world tour. It is now in Italy, where it made a stop for the G7 Summit.




LITTLE SYRIA
Only three buildings from NYC's Little Syria remain: the Syrian Catholic Church, a downtown community house, and 109 Washington Street. Read more from CityLab and the Daily News.




MOVIES
Opening July 7, City of Ghosts, the story of citizen journalists who have been risking their lives (and the lives of their loved ones) by reporting on what ISIS is doing in, and to, Raqqa. Watch the trailer here. Directed by Matthew Heineman… Also: 8 Borders 8 Days, Last Men in Aleppo and Cries from Syria.




THEATER
While I Was Waiting, a play by Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Omar Abusaada, is about a member of a Damascus family beaten into a coma at a checkpoint and how a world gone mad is deeply personal. Life imitating art: members of the production were nearly prohibited from participating due to the travel ban. The show goes on, July 19-22, performed as part of the Lincoln Center Festival at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. [Photo: Didier Nadeau]




FOOD
Displaced Syrian bakers turn their lovingly-made baklava into a Sweet Refuge.




BOOK
We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, by Wendy Pearlman, is a collection of heartbreaking, riveting accounts and testimonials from hundreds of Syrians.




ART
Aleppo-born, Brooklyn-based Diana Al-Hadid creates sculptures and installations that often refer to older, even ancient art forms, structures or narratives. You'll frequently find a dripping technique, used to strong effect. Al-Hadid is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery.




HOW TO HELP
From Global Citizen, 15 Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees Now. [Photo: Flickr: Foreign and Commonwealth Office]



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