Syrian artist Tammam Azzam combines photos of his devastated homeland and great works of Western art to highlight the destruction.
Syria has faced some difficult times, including recent war and violence that has devastated its landscape. Artist Tammam Azzam has taken images of these dilapidated buildings and destroyed countrysides and turned them into art criticizing man’s destructive nature. How? By including famous paintings created by the greatest artists of all time.
His first work was transposing Klimt’s famous work The Kiss over a dilapidated wall in Damascus, which he called “Freedom Graffiti.” The protest piece, meant to draw attention to the country’s suffering, went viral on social media networks. Azzam continued to create these photos, combining pictures of his war-torn homeland with some of the most famous artist works.
The photos are meant to juxtapose the beautiful creations against the pain and death it can also inflict. The photos also highlight how Syria’s cultural heritage is now in ruins when compared to the Western world.