“Syria. Belgium: From Silence to Painting,” a book containing cartoons in French, English and Dutch about the Syrian revolution will be published in the Belgian capital Brussels on Saturday.
The book, which was compiled by Syrian artist Hossam al-Saadi, contains cartoons on the most important landmarks of the Syrian revolution. The date of the publication of the book was set to mark the start of the “Syrian Day of Rage” media campaign which began today. The publication of the book, which was sponsored by the Syrian Coalition’s media office, will be covered by Belgian media.
Last year, a huge-sized painting named “Angels of Syria” was put on display in the Belgian capital. The piece of art is a collaborative work by Syrian artists including Hossam al-Saadi, Hossam Alloum, Abdul Jalil al-Shakaki, and Ahmad al-Delli to protest against the killing of children in Syria.
The artwork depicted a Syrian girl carrying a clock without hands and with numbers reversed in order to say that time in Syria has stopped and is going backward. The girl is also depicted with wings tied to the world map to symbolize the silence of the international community towards the tragedy unfolding in Syria.
Syrian artist Hossam al-Saadi described the painting as reflecting the world’s silence towards the suffering of the people of Syria. “The piece was inspired by the children who were killed in Syria and by the future of Syria which has been bleeding nonstop since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, said Saadi in a post on his Facebook page. “The message we want to direct to humanity as a whole is: “Save the future of Syria.”
The fabric is approximately 460 square meters and contains the names of the 12,490 children who died in the war and whose names were documented by the Violation Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC). (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)