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    Sale 1242

    Modern & Contemporary Art

    16 March 2016, Dubai

  • Lot 162

    Tammam Azzam (Syrian, b. 1980)

    Untitled (from the Stores series)

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    Tammam Azzam (Syrian, b. 1980)
    Untitled (from the Stores series)
    signed in Arabic, signed and dated 'tammam 2015' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    70 7/8 x 92 ½in. (180 x 235cm.)
    Painted in 2015

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    Tammam Azzam's present series communicates the magnitude of devastation experienced across his native Syria through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. The banality of everyday life is entirely absent from the deserted setting of this canvas contributing to a heavy atmosphere of loneliness and retreat. Navigating his way through the labyrinth of physical and emotional consequences for those who have stayed and those who have escaped their war-torn homeland, Azzam rejects any attempt to over-sentimentalise what has been left behind or what lies ahead, instead he leaves us with the difficult and confronting reality of a country ruins.


    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.