Tammam Azzam left his home in Damascus at the beginning of the Syrian uprising. Now based in Dubai, he’s supporting what he calls the “revolution” with his art, which draws on the works of great European masters — from da Vinci to Matisse, Goya to Picasso. He digitally lifts iconic images from famous paintings and sets them amid the rubble of Syria’s cities to highlight the profound destruction humanity is capable of inflicting. “Klimt’s The Kiss shows the love and relationship between people, and I have juxtaposed this with the capacity of hate the regime holds for its people,” Azzam says. “When I am able to return to Syria, I will paint this upon the edifices. Perhaps then it may be completed on a different wall. I cannot say whether this one will still be standing.”
Above: Based on Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, Douma.