Artwork by Diala Brisly
Technology, modern life, progress, and knowledge were supposed to serve humanity as a better connection, taking communication for granted, till the masks emerged as walls to hide behind as they are faking our impressions and expressions. This openness and easy access could create confusion of what we really want and push us to desire what we don’t have, not paying attention to what we have, blinding us from unlocking our potentials.
“Intimacy” is the name of Diala Brisly’s illustration after her experience of living in Paris, where she thinks that one can find love like ordering a pizza, a new form of love that doesn’t require intimacy or even eye contact, performing well to fit the shaky standards.
Love could be 5 minutes or 5 decades, it doesn’t matter as long as we can feel it, it’s like meeting a moth that is gracefully flying over the bed in the evening, only to find it dead in the morning. Freedom of love is to live in the present genuinely, with no fears of the future.
Paying a ticket for a free dance session so the coach will guide us in how to dance freely is actually indirectly asking the other participants not to judge us while watching us dancing and expressing ourselves. In the time where capitalism is the most important, Diala Brisly always thinks that it is important to have a spontaneous day as the essential elements for a good time are freely dance, good music, friends, and enough space for us to be ourselves.
The print is a part of the Through Solidarity, We Survive initiative by CoCulture, Berlin, and is produced a limited edition of ten prints for Oslo World Festival. The art work is presented in Fotogalleriet's webshop as a part of the institution's collaboration with Oslo World Festival.
About the Artist
Diala Brisly was born in Kuwait to Syrian parents in 1980; she grew up in Damascus and was based there until the uprisings sent her and legions of other artists fleeing to Beirut. Her artistic and activist work has been based there ever since. She began as a cartoonist at the Syrian-based Spacetoon channel in 2001, where she received her first training and soon became a layout artist for the fledgling cartoon series. Since then, her career has spanned a variety of mediums and capacities, including layout design, animation, concept art, painting, comic books, and character design. Artistic participation in campaigns and political events has been a driving force for Diala. The artwork she did as a participation in the Adra Women’s Prison hunger strike campaign helped secure the release of 23 women prisoners. Now she focuses more on spotlighting the educational situation of Syrian kids and refugees in general. In 2014, she started her own initiative making murals in refugee camps and alternative education centres to encourage kids to go back to school after they have skipped a few years because of the war.