Under the title "Why Did We Have A Revolution?" Syrian cartoonist Khalid Qattaa held an art exhibition in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, focused on the negative phenomena in Syrian society and state institutions under the current regime.
Qattaa tells Rozana that his paintings reflect the many cases of corruption, tyranny, social and cultural oppression, and weaknesses under the Syrian regime. He adds: "Through my paintings, which were published prior to the Revolution, I want to remind that the Revolution came to rid us of corruption and tyranny."
Qattaa chose to place the paintaings in a chronological order of his coosing. Some of the paintings were finished before the Revolution, some with its outbreak, while other works mimic the current reality experienced by the Syrian people.
The artist explains that his objective from focusing on negative behaviors in this exhibition is "to ensure that they are never repeated again, under the opposition, or any other party acceding to power in the future."
The exhibition lasted for three days with good turnout. The cartoonist intended it as a letter of thanks to the Turkish people, for hosting Syrians.