Power concept in Arab Spring depicted in 'The Throne' exhibition

Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012

Dubai Gallery Ayyam hosts Othman Moussa, a Syrian artist exploring the concept of power through his first solo exhibition titled 'The Throne'


Syrian artist, Othman Moussa, explores the concept of power in the Arab Spring in his exhibition in the Dubai Gallery Ayyam, running until 26 April.

The artist proves to possess superb draughtsmanship and influences from seventeenth-century Dutch realism.

Using carpets and other materials, the artists looks into the Arab Spring and analyses the Syrian realities. Full-blown, up on screens, he reveals perceptions of power, positioning of people within its often-harmful claws.

Works reflect military dominance over its people and the bloodshed of many countries engaged in the Arab Spring.

Middle Eastern kingdoms under scrutiny emerge through the oriental carpets draped on thrones.

A work titled An Empty Throne clearly indicates an abdicated throne.

"'The Throne' is an exceptional example of the degree of artistic realism still prevalent in contemporary art, as well as a biting satire of the present-day political ambitions and policies of world leaders," we read in Ayyam's Gallery official press release.

Currently open - 26 April
Dubai's Ayyam Gallery
Al-Serkal Avenue, Exit 43 of SZR
Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai


Othma Moussa was born in Zabadani, Syria, a rural town on the outskirts of Damascus, in 1974. This is his first solo exhibition.

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