Reem Akkad Dardari

Syriana: Paintings by Reem Akkad Dardari

Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery

January 19, 2019 – March 3rd, 2019

Special Reception: Saturday January 26, 2019, 2-4PM

Syriana, a projection of emotions by a Syrian artist torn between hope and despair.

Reem Akkad Dardari

Reem Akkad Dardari, a daughter of Damascus residing in Virginia, brought her artistic talents, paintings, and a mixture of confused feelings as she crossed the world from Damascus, to Beirut all the way to the East Coast of the United States.

Syriana shows 10 very personal statements of intellectual and emotional reflections on the humanitarian catastrophe we now lightly call, the Syrian conflict.

Syriana does not pretend to have a clear “political” statement. It is merely the feelings of an artist who was weeping in tears as she painted each one of the works.

They vary in color, from the blue of the Mediterranean, swallowing thousands of unwanted refugees, to the grey of flattened cement and the rubble of deformed “skylines”. Unidentified figures of children frozen by fear, with a man weeping in silence. Syrians can no longer grief loudly; we would be deafened by their shouts.


Reem has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma from Damascus Universiy, Damascus, Syria. Paintings from this series were orginally shown in May 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon as “ No Title, No Address”. Proceeds from sales of the paintings will be dedicated to supporting humanitarian and social needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Please join us at the Fisher Art Gallery on Saturday the 26th from 2-4Pm for a special fundraising event for Syriana. Proceeds from the sale of any works will go to supporting refugee children in Lebanon through ANERA.