The Butte College Art Gallery Presents, The Lost Generation, an exhibition of drawings by Syrian children under the leadership of their art teacher, Safa Faki-Asher while living in a Syrian refugee camp.
The exhibition begins Monday, March 28 through Thursday, April 7, 2016. A gallery reception will take place on Tuesday, April 5, from 2 -- 4 p.m. to coincide with Butte College Diversity Days. Safa Faki-Asher will be speaking about the children's drawings that she has curated for this show at 2:30 p.m. in the gallery. A video will be playing on a TV in the hall in front of the gallery showing the art project in Syria. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Safa Faki-Asher is an artist and teacher originally from Aleppo, Syria. She is currently pursuing a degree in Peace & Global Studies at Butte College. In 2012-2013 Faki-Asher conducted art therapy drawing sessions with children in a camp for Syrians displaced by the war. Some children drew scenes of a peaceful life full of color and nostalgia, while many others illustrated the horrific events they had experienced which resulted in their displacement. The children were never directed on what to draw, only encouraged to put their feelings and thoughts down onto the paper. Many of the children suffered not only from the trauma of war, but also from neglect and a lack of schooling. With the camp home to well over 20,000 children the drawing sessions quickly became popular, offering a rare outlet to the daily misery their lives had become. "Art is the voice of the soul, washing away the chaos of war," said Faki-Asher.
Safa Faki-Asher is just one Syrian among many trying her best to help her people. Her goal for this project was to create an outlet for children to overcome their fears, and share their dreams of a future peace. Art is an international language, where all are free to see and understand. Exhibitions of these drawings have been held across Europe and now here in America, with the goal to raise awareness of the true victims of the indiscriminate war in Syria: the children.
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