There’s not much that can be more timely than an exhibition by a Syrian artist in London which “reflects the personal tragedies of everyday contemporary Syrian reality.” I went down to speak to him for The National, and although his English wasn’t brilliant, these paintings, sculptures and friezes spoke for themselves. It wasn’t uniformly excellent as a collection, but Yazigi’s real achievement was to highlight the power of art to speak for those who feel disenfranchised.

“The situation is simple, really: people are on the street wanting freedom. And the government won’t let them have it. So we have to show people what’s happening as artists and not hide behind things. We must tell the truth.”

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