Artist Mohamad Hafez Exhibition

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February 21 2019 - March 1 2019

1237 Whittemore Rd.
Middlebury, CT 06762
203-577-4543

PHONE: 203-577-4543

TIME: 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm

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January 14 through March 1. Mondays through Fridays,  12 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Sundays. A Syrian artist and architect, Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern United States. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him and using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content. 

Responding to the atrocities of the Syrian war, Hafez's recent work depicts cities besieged by civil war to capture the magnitude of the devastation and to expose the fragility of human life. However, in deliberate contrast to the violence of war, his art imbues a subtle hopefulness through its deliberate incorporation of verses from the Holy Quran. At the core of Hafez's work, the verses offer a distinct contrast between the stark pessimistic reality of destruction and the optimistic hope of a bright future. Scenes reiterate narratives from the Qur'an to affirm that, even during the darkest of times, patience is necessary for the blossoming of life and that, eventually, justice will prevail. 

Hafez said his work reflects his deep interest in the cross-disciplinary exploration of street art and the realistic, yet ironic sculptural work. He purposefully infuses a stark contrast between the scenes he creates and the messages imbued in his work, connecting what he describes as his "deeply troubled soul" to his western audience through his miniature cityscapes. He writes, "My emotions want to yell out. And I cannot console myself in anything other than this highly detailed work."

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