How to Promote the Value of Art in Social Fabric Affected by War

Our approach to a better understanding of the Value of art in social fabric was to discuss and bring up to the dialogue the narrative of the torn apart communities in war-zones and post conflict societies, how do we as cultural activists, artists and organizations, contribute in reviving an art scene in the midst of political chaos and lack of security, funding, and the disappearance of a cultural ecosystem?

The presentation included narratives from Libya and Yemen, two countries that are suffering from civil wars, isolated and unrepresented in the media, and gave an example of Syrian art community after the immigration crisis that lead artists and initiative to relocate to other countries and adapt to new geographies.

Working Module

We believe that in order to revive the art scene, we have to increase our focus on what we defined to be the three main elements in the art cycle:

It is the first step and main task to support artists and their art practices to start moving the cycle, taking into consideration all the required tools needed to create a sustainable environment where creatives can have their freedom of expression, recognition, education and support, and also financial reward to sustain themselves and continue in their profession.

By the term (medium) we refer to art spaces, independent curators, and different platforms that creates bridges between the artist and the audience; the lack of such bodies has caused a gap and a distance between the artists and their audiences.


Three organizations and platforms were considered an example of how to promote the value of art to reconnect the social fabrics in three similar but different contexts of countries or societies that are damaged by civil wars of the arab spring.


WaraQ: (ArtOut) The city is our gallery

This project took place in the old city of Tripoli in the middle of a civil war during 2018, after WaraQ art space was forced to shut down due to a militia threat over organizing an exhibition concerning violations of human rights in Libya.

The project was a tool to reach the local audience in a rough environment, where public spaces were occupied for three months with regular exhibitions, film screenings and discussions under the title of “Thinking outside the building”.

The project raised an important question, in case the militias attack art spaces and permanent locations, can we replace permanent spaces with public spaces and reclaim it for creative use?


CoCulture: Syria Cultural index

We see the SCI as a successful module that aims to reconnect the social fabric and create a platform and a global database for Syrian artists in exile, a website that functions as a gallery to showcase art works; as a resource for opportunities and support; as a global network of artists, art professionals and institutions; as an online space for collaborations and exchanges; as a database and information portal.


Romooz foundation: Diwan Alfan

Yemen is facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, and suffers unstable political and security situation from the civil war, however Romooz foundation managed to shed light on the Yemeni art community that is still based in yemen and operated both locally and internationally.

A Project such Diwan al fan did not only challenge the internal situation of the country but also increased the visibility of Yemen emerging artists regionally through their programs, engagement and outreach.

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