Artwork by Nagham Hamoush
Every third day in Germany, a woman is killed by her (ex-) partner. 82 percent of the victims of domestic violence are women. Every day, thousands of women live in danger. They are beaten, yelled at, broken down psychologically. The isolation resulting from the Coronavirus makes the situation even more difficult for many women. Since the beginning of the quarantine, domestic violence has increased significantly both in Germany and worldwide. Nagham Hammoush has contacts with many friends, who have been subjected to violence, and nobody hears their voices. Therefore, Nagham Hammoush would like to draw attention to this situation through her poster.
Why “Mask 19?”
There is a campaign against violence using "Mask 19" code in France, Spain, and Germany (Cologne). Saying "Mask 19" is supposed to get affected persons out of domestic violence. Anyone suffers from physical or psychological violence can simply say "Mask 19" in pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals, and a shelter will be offered immediately, and the police will be notified.
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
Nagham Hammoush is a Syrian artist and graphic designer. She was born in Damascus, Syria, and she graduated from the University of Fine Arts there in 2013 with an honors degree, studying printmaking and book art. In 2015, she travelled to Germany and she is now a master’s student at the University of the Arts in Berlin at the “Art in Context” programme. For the last five years, she has been an activist in women's rights, particularly Middle Eastern and refugee women’s rights, trying to shed light on this issue through art. She participated in many group exhibitions and has held and organised many workshops in both Syria and Germany.