Syria and the emergence of grassroots artistic production

This is my first article for the section “Looking Inside the Uprising”, a product of a collaboration between OpenDemocracy and SyriaUntold that aims to reinforce and make visible how Syrians think about, and culturally elaborate, their Intifada.

Of all the changes crystallizing around the ideals of the Arab uprisings, the ones that are unquestionably positive are those in the creative and expressive arenas. While the entire region is witnessing an artistic renaissance that can be linked to the emergence of Arab theatre during the uprisings of the 50s, the Syrian case is particularly extreme and prolific. To understand the complexity of the Syrian scenario, it is more important than ever today to follow the stories told by local citizen-made cultural and artistic production, which differs from the international geopolitically-dominated accounts of the country.

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