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DUBAI

Concrete

Syria: Into the Light

AHMAD MOUALLAPeople and Power (detail), 2011, oil on canvas, 300 x 1200 cm. Courtesy Atassi Foundation, Dubai.

There is a spell in the word “Syria.” At any mention of the nation, our impressions are immediately loaded with images of destruction. It is the new shorthand for civil war. Daily news images show bombed-out cities and children pulled from rubble. Chemical weapons are deployed as we watch from afar. A bogus caliphate’s sleek propaganda asks young men to use all the pain that they have…

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