‘Abou Farid’s War,’ 2021 Omar Mismar

Archaeology inspector and conservator Abou Farid shares with artist Omar Mismar part of his image library documenting the condition of mosaic works in the aftermath of several raids on Ma’arrat Al-Numan Museum in Idlib, Syria as well as the independent preservation efforts that ensued. The images give way to an aleatory conversation interweaving questions of cultural heritage and territory, preservation techniques and destruction, traceability and looting, and the production and circulation of images in times of war. 

This film reflects from a very human perspective on the stories and lifelines of the many people forced by different regimes to work and live under constant threat in a state of continuous crisis. It is a story of love and respect towards culture and commitment to one’s work, a fight for survival.

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Politics of Speech and Silence
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Date:
31/05 2021
Season:
02
Episode:
04
Type:
Artwork
Credits:
Created by Omar Mismar
‘Abou Farid’s War,’ 2021
Single-channel video, color, sound
31 min 20 sec
Music Composition Nour Sokhon | Sound Mixing Ziad Moukarzel | Coloring Belal Hibri | Editing Omar Mismar | Translation Ziad Chakaroun | Master Mosaicist Abou Amir | Animation file preparation Nadim Zablit
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary for st_age in collaboration with Ashkal Alwan
SDGs
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions