Artwork by Nada Ali
The Gods disciplined Sisyphus by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it comes up to the top, repeating this action for eternity. Through the classical influence on modern culture, tasks that are both difficult and fruitless are therefore described as Sisyphean. The story of Sisyphus may be a metaphor for what the Syrians, for example, are experiencing in our time. As if they, the Syrians, are forever condemned to suffering and hopeless struggle. The Syrians do no longer doubt when this torment would stop, but they are asking "Is there anything worse than the current torment?" COVID-19 pandemic has proved that the answer is “yes”. Things can continuously get worse. Albert Camus thinks that Sisyphus has personified the nonsense, absurdity, irrationality, or the lack of rationality of human life, but he says, “One must imagine Sisyphus happy”.
The absurdity of life may be able to stimulate laughter and ridicule.
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
Nada Ali is a Syrian-born artist based in Stockholm. Currently an MFA student at the Royal Institute of Art. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus 2009, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, specialized in mural painting.
For Nada, art is cathartic and therapeutic. By making art, she tries to make sense of the world, and she seeks solace from the unending complications humans have created. To her, art is not only an expression of lived experience but also a way of living.