Tarik el Sham - The Road to Damascus
"Roads at their very fundamental function, are connectors between two points. Conventionally geographical, but points at the opposite end of a road can take many shapes and forms. This performance explores the unconventional function of the road connecting Damascus and Beirut by dissecting the mental, psychological, and emotional states the Traveler is experiencing throughout the journey. Through images, sounds, noises, music, and dream sequences, this audiovisual journey will open a window to some of the Traveler’s most factual moments experienced in a time of crisis. It is an invitation to the observer, to take the empty seat next to the Traveler, have a conversation with them, partake in their unconventional trip from war to uncertainty, familiar to ambivalence, and despair to hope.“
Born in Damascus, Syria in 1983, Khalil Younes studied experimental film and video at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design of Boston in 2008 and received his BFA in cinematography from Columbia College of Chicago in 2010. Khalil’s art pieces are showcased in both private and public art collections in the US and Europe, and his illustrations have been featured in many renowned magazines and newspapers such as the Le Monde and Natural History Magazine. Two of his pieces were also acquired by the British National Museum in London.
His first exhibition was in Damascus Syria, Ashtar Gallery in 2006. Khalil has since participated in many group shows, including Syria Art for Freedom Gdansk, Germany 2011; #Withoutwords London 2013; Syria’s Art of Resistance Rundetarn, Copenhagen 2013; Culture in Defiance Amsterdam, Holland; Institut des Cultures de l’Islam Paris, France; 2012.
Khalil was also a coauthor of many publications, including Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline which showcases the work of artists and writers who are challenging the culture of violence in Syria, published in 2014 and comprising a collection of essays, art projects. His work was also featured in a book titled Syrie, l’art en armies which showcases art work related to wars.
For the Tarik el Sham project Khalil Younes is working together with the outstanding Syrian Ney player Moslem Rahal and acclaimed jazz Pianist Florian Weber.