An aesthetic experience is not an appeal, and a picture is not political agitation. But l’art pour l’art, art just for art’s sake, is not enough for Tammam Azzam. His works inspire usto think about ourselves and about the world in which we live. They posequestions, but they don’t give any answers. What we think, see, feel is left upto us. Those who find references to the situation in Tammam Azzam’s homecountry are free to do so. Tammam Azzam himself sees the events in Syria since 2011 as symbolic for the state of our world at the beginning of thetwenty-first century. He uses art to address the urgent questions of our times, such as war, violence, migration, destruction, and construction; finding images that aim directly at our emotions and burn themselves into our memory.
About the artist
Born 1980 in Damascus, Syria
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Tammam Azzam received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Damascus. Following the Syrian Civil War, he relocated to Dubai where he began working in digital photomontages. In 2016 Azzam moved to Germany, with a residency at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Delmenhorst. In Delmenhorst and later in Berlin the artist began exploring a new technique in paper-collage alongside his paintings. His fragmented compositions highlight the physical remnants of conflict and showcase the importance to rebuild and create from destruction.