Alaa Hassan

Photographer
   
Assad
Location: Berlin
Nationality: Syria
Biography:   Alaa "Sheikh" Hassan is a Syrian/American artist and documentarian. He left Syria in 2013 to New York and has recently settled in Berlin. Alaa started his photography work in 2006 and later developed an interest in filmmaking and... read on
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Assad
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Date of Work 01/01/07 - 11/20/12
Updated 05/04/19
Location Damascus, Syria


For the continuety of dictatorship, presence in the minds is essential. The Syria of Hafez Assad was covered with statues, posters and signs. When his son became president in 2000 he presented an image of a modest young president. But by the 2007 referendum to renew his presidency, the image of a fully grown lion was complete. 

Assad is Arabic for lion. The lions ruled Syria since November 1970, propaganda became an established feature of the country's visuals. This was reflected in the Syrian uprising as it was directed against the family rule of Assad.

The photos were taken between 2007 and 2012 in Syria, mostly in the capital Damscus.

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