If you haven’t been following the world crisis that is the Syrian Civil War and displacement and death of millions, allow us to enlighten you. According to an announcement by the United Nations, the number of people seeking asylum or escape from areas of conflict in 2016 reached an astounding 65.5 million – this is said to be more than there was after World War II.
Art can be used as a powerful platform, and one artist is using that platform to send an incredibly powerful message to world leaders. Not only are many Syrian refugees being turned away, but many live in terrible conditions. Artist and Syrian refugee Abdalla Al Omari has created a series of paintings titled: “The Vulnerability Series”.
The paintings reimagine a world in which powerful leaders such as Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, and many more, are refugees, putting them in the same dire conditions refugees face on a daily basis.
“Intimate hours I spent with them have thought me more than I could imagine. Just as easily as everything worth defending can become defenseless, moments of absolute powerlessness can give you superpowers,” Abdalla writes on his website. “In this universe without gravity, all we can hold on to is our vulnerability. I have convinced myself it is the strongest weapon humankind possesses, way more powerful than the trail of power games, bomb craters and bullet holes in our collective memories. Vulnerability is a gift we should all celebrate.”