As conflict and division continue to traumatise Syria, Canvas Editor-in-chief Ali Y. Khadra speaks with Jaber Al Azmeh in Doha. This interview reveals the artist's individual relationship with his homeland, the reality of the situation at hand, and in what ways the war has affected his life and work.
Born 1973 in Damascus, Syria, Jaber Al-Azmeh left Syria in 2011. Al-Azmeh now lives and works in Doha, Qatar. Two years after receiving his BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Damascus in 1996, Al Azmeh began pursuing photography professionally. He uses his art as a way to promote unity and freedom for all Syrians, with allegorical images that simultaneously reflect beauty and ugliness.