At the concerts of Kamerkoor JIP, there will be an exhibition, inspired by the theme and music of the project. For this project we cooperate with The Hague Peace Projects and The Publisher. The publisher is an independent, nonprofit platform for stories and artistic work made by refugees. All the work shown on the website is made or co-created by refugees.
Helena Klakočar Vukšić – graphic artist from Bosnia. Born in Bosnia, Tuzla, lived in Slovenia, Helena studied graphic art at the Art Academy of Zagreb, Croatia and Film animation in Tilburg, the Netherlands. In the summer of 1991, she went on a sailing holiday with her husband and two-year-old daughter. Their return from Greece was prolonged because of the outburst of the war in former Yugoslavia. In 1992, she moved with her husband and child to the Netherlands, where she continued her diary with observations of immigrant life in the Netherlands. Nowadays she is living and working on the relation between Croatia and the Netherlands.
Oussama Diab – Palestinian visual artist Oussama Diab addresses the contradictions and obstacles of political conflict, globalization, and exile through playful symbolism, references to popular culture, iconic imagery, and narrative structures. Born in 1977 in Damascus, Syria, Oussama Diab lived and worked in Beirut, Lebanon. A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, in 2002, he has featured in solo and group shows in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Shabab Young Artists exhibition in Syria. Oussama Diab arrived in the Netherlands in October 2015 and is currently living in Amsterdam.
Besher Alsmadi – graphic designer Besher is 29 years old and born in Daraa, Syria. He was one of many Syrians that went out in the streets during the Arab spring for a peaceful revolution, demanding freedom and dignity. “I was studying information technology in Syria but could not complete my university education because of the situation in Syria. Since 5 years ago I started learning several programs by myself, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Light Room. From the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011 against the criminal dictator, I used my skills to show the world what was happening in my country.”
Yaman Hendawi – “Photography is where I found my life’s passion, I love what I do. I love making photographs that create a shining moment of connection.” Since the war in Syria he moved from Aleppo to Istanbul, and after a few years he moved to the Netherlands. “Recently I started to interview creative Dutch photographers, to discuss fears, struggles, and creative process that have created their success. These great conversations inspire me, and I like to share those conversations to inspire other like-minded creatives too. In the end, if you want to think in creative way you have to think different.”
Mahmod Kharrat – Mahmod Kharrat (22) is a professional photographer from Damascus, Syria. He specialized in portrait photography. Most of his work on this website is from the time he lived in Syria. But also in the Netherlands he continues making new work. “Photography is my job, it makes me feel free. Making good photo’s is awesome.”