Thursday, February 9, 2017

Manaf Halbouni's Aleppo-inspired installation in Dresden

Based on the original Aleppo image of three busses dressed up in the form of a barricade as protection from snipers, Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni did a replica of those in the German town of Dresden as an at installation creating thus a divide in the town with some seeing it as a monument to sensibilise people as to the plight of the Syrian people while others refuting it as a way to shame the Germans and belittle their suffering especially that - not long ago - Dresden almost ceased to exist and was resurrected from the rubble (Dresden was the scene of an allied air raid which killed an estimated 25,000 people).