Fares Khachouk: Red is a Prime Color, Representing Massacres, Steel, and Fire

Fares Khachouk: Red is a Prime Color, Representing Massacres, Steel, and Fire
Investigations | 29 Oct 2015

An exhbition recently opened in the French capital Paris, entitled "Profiles Amer" [French for Bitter Profiles], by Syrian artist Fares Khachouk.

In an exclusive interview with Rozana, Khachouck says that the title of his exhibition comes from the French expression of Bitter Profiles. He chose this particular title to reflect the technique employed in his posters, which use silhouettes, shadows, or shades in representing characters.

As for the painting of which the exhbition is comprised, and the juxtaposition of elements of the events on the Syrian arena, Khachouk notes that he first began documenting notable events in the Revolution. He started with the "Houla massacre;" followed by Bashar al-Assad's "Fifth Speech;" and then by "The Battle of Aleppo;" with each poster associated with an event. He adds that the exhibition comprises 14 posters, representing but a few moments in the life of the Revolution; he points out that "One, at alter stage, began to realize that events were much faster than alloing one to follow their pace, with every day carrying huge stories, heroes, and new victims."


As for his choice of colors, in particular the overwhelming presence of red, the Syrian artist advises that the process of choice of colors, comes practically from within his own feeling of the painting. "The color red is mainly associated with massacres, with fire and iron. That makes it a cardinal, indispensable choice—even a priority. The rest of the colors merely came along by themselves."

Khachouk stresses that the inclusion of his drawings within the French school curricula, is real proof that artwork carries value; that it truly has an audience and a role, as well as many followers who rate it. It may not directly impact the Syrian Revolution, yet its presence in the school curricula, documenting and commemorating the anniversary of massacres such as the "Houla massacre," and immortalizing them; is significant.

He concludes: "Children from another countryFrance—will sit in their schools, and will listen to details about this massacre, and about a country called Syria, in which there was a Revolution that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Herein lies the importance and the benefit."

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