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Syrian Man Turns Artillery into Art

This post was previously published on SyriaUntold.

Syrian artist Ali Abu al-Fawz decorates a rocket shell in Douma, Damascus. Source: Abu al-Fawz's facebook page.

Syrian artist Ali Abu al-Fawz decorates a rocket shell in Douma, Damascus. Source: Abu al-Fawz's facebook page.

Turning artillery into art. That is the work of Douma-based artist Akram Abu al-Fawz, who collects missile and rocket shells and transforms them into a wide array of art objects and ornaments.

Abu al-Fawz, known in his community as Mohammad Douma, has been forced to move from house to house after his home was burned by Syrian regime troops. The 35-year-old father of three believes that his work is no less important that the battles on the ground.

“Weapons will not be enough to get rid of the slavery we have lived in,” he explained in an interview with SyriaUntold. “We also need art, culture and civilization to weave our freedom.”

A girl sits on a rocket shell decorate by Abu al-Fawz. Source: the artist's facebook page

A girl sits on a rocket shell decorated by Abu al-Fawz. Source: The artist's Facebook page

The city of Douma, located in the outskirts of Damascus, has become one of the most punished, yet resilient areas since the beginning of the popular uprising in March, 2011. First home to large peaceful demonstrations and gradually turned into an open war zone, it is also known for its restless artistic and creative contributions. Just like Abu Ali al-Bitar, who managed to create stoves, motorcycles, medical supplies and music instruments from rockets and bullet casings, Abu al-Fawz makes life from death.  

Abu al-Fawz continues to face huge difficulties to pursue his task, from displacement to the lack of necessary tools. He believes the effort is worth it, in the hope that these artifacts will “one day bear witness to the crimes against humanity committed in Syria.”

Syrian artist Ali Abu al-Fawz works on a rocket shell in Douma, Damascus. Source: the artist's facebook page

Syrian artist Ali Abu al-Fawz works on a rocket shell in Douma, Damascus. Source: The artist's Facebook page

This post was previously published on SyriaUntold.

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