Culture under attack… culture endures…

Tammam Azzam, Freedom Graffiti (2013)

Well worth checking out UNESCO’s Culture Under Attack photo exhibition (May 12-June 15), which “shows the effects of war and armed conflict on cultural heritage”, but also highlights “the reconstruction efforts and the resilience of the people involved in saving damaged heritage.”

Among the provocative images selected was Tammam Azzam’s ‘Freedom Graffiti’, which superimposed Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ onto the walls of a war-torn building, symbolising the spirit and fortitude of the Syrian people. For a little more on Azzam’s ‘golden ghost’ see the piece by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian last year.

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