Born in Syria, photographer Alaa Hassan moved out of Damascus is now based in New York since 2013.
Alaa's first book "Cardboard Castle" was realesed in 2017. It is a documentation of Damascus before the uprising and the war from a sociopolitical point of view. Mainly covering urban development, political propaganda and visual identity of Damascus.
Alaa is also producer of the award winning documentary "The War Show". Released 2016, The War Show premiered and was announced the winner of the Fedeora Award for best documentary film. The film had its US premiere and was featured at PBS's P.O.V for the 2018 season.
-Cardboard Castle show:
2017 Solo exhibition at Photoville: Cardboard Castle/ Propaganda brain washer installation.
-Projections of the film “the boot”:
2014 Syrian mobile film festival
2013 Look3 festival in Charlottesville, VA. Projection of the movie “the boot”
2013 Le festival du nouveau cinéma à Montreal projection of “the boot”
2013 SXSW festival in Tesax.
2011 “Journe`es de la photographie”. Joint photography exhibition organized by the French Cultural Center in Damascus.
2010 “Journe`es de la photographie”. Joint photography exhibition organized by the French Cultural Center in Damascus.
2010 Solo Photography exhibition in Ninar art café, March- April.
2009 Joint Photography exhibition in the university Lyon III.
Documentary film Productions:
2016- 2018 Producer of “untitled” feature film by director Megan Mylan about Syrian families. The film is in post-production. I remotely created and managed a team that filmed in Damascus, Syria.
2014-2016 Producer, co-writer, co-edtior of “The War Show”, a Danish Syrian production, the film premiered at Venice Film Festival and won the Venice Days award along many other awards and recognition, it aired in the U.S in 2017 and was featured on PBS's P.O.V.
2016 editor of 17 educational videos created for IRC (International Rescue Committee)
2014 editor “a day and a button” by director Azza Hamwi.
2014 editor “Unbeatable” a video for an exhibition by Donna Ferrato at Vanderbilt
University. The work is part of a campaign against domestic violence.
2013 Editor- videographer “Three Kinds of People” by Donna Ferrato
2012-2013 Waw project, Beirut/NY: Co-founder, editor and producer. Waw Project created socially aware videos that were critical of oppression and war.
2010 “live in a day” contributor to the feature film by Kevin Macdonald
2009-2010 Maarouf &Partner, Damascus: writer for the animated series “Stoppage Time” (broadcasted on Syrian TV in 2010)