The people want the fall of the regime

A presentation by artist Roza El-Hassan and Syrian activist Shadi at the open office of tranzit. hu, Mayakovski 102.

"The people want the fall of the regime"*
*Shared slogan of the uprisings in the Arab world

A presentation by artist Roza El-Hassan and Syrian activist Shadi at the open office of tranzit. hu, Mayakovsky 102.

Date:10 July 2012,

Discussion with Roza El-Hassan, artist, Tamás Szenderák, sociologist and Arabist and Dóra Hegyi, curator : 6 p.m.,

Exhibition opening: 8 p.m.

Place: Mayakovski 102, 1068 Bp. Király u. 102. 1/1. -

El-Hassan follows the events of the Syrian revolution with large concern. Since 2011, over fifteen thousand civilians have lost their lives in Syria.
Keeping close contact to civil activists she is trying to explore the possibilities of artistic and political activism.

The Arab revolutions – known as the Arab Spring– which began 2010 december 2011 have roused the world. The mostly secular, authoritarian systems in Northern Africa and in the Near East that were built – despite democratic agendas – on the principle of regional stability at the twilight of imperialism and during the Cold War and, seem to be falling apart in their present form. The achievements of the modern world, the growth in literacy, the increased accessibility of sources of information have raised a new generation that is no longer willing to tolerate the corruption and power held by westernized, closed elites, the boundless unemployment, and the destitution of the masses.
The world, at the same time, views these conflicts from a distance. Interventions often serve political and power interests, rather than the protection of democratic values. It appears that the democratisation of the region is not necessarily in the interest of the decision makers of global politics.

Various civil initiatives and activist groups stand in support of freedom, while endangering themselves and their families. How far do these voices reach? What kind of networking and information sharing is made possible by the internet? Does it facilitate civil and political solidarity?

If we optimistically think that the Syrian dictatorship, the bloodshed and the chaos will soon end, we must face up to what will follow after the changes. The majority of these societies are permeated by systems of religious and ethnic bonds, which still bear strong significance to this day. It remains a question whether efforts to overthrow the system in countries of severe debt and economic dependency will succeed in bringing the given community together through democratic means.

From July 10 until the end of August 2012, beside works by Roza El-Hassan – drawings and sculptures – documents of civil action and independent image production will be featured at Mayakovski 102: photos, actions, art works, children's drawings, interviews, documented flash mob actions, independent media news associated with the Syrian revolution. We will make an attempt to analyze this incredibly huge production of images – distributed mainly through cyber-activism – calling for solidarity and system change.

Roza El-Hassan was born in Budapest in 1966, of Hungarian and Syrian origin. Over the past twenty years she became internationally known by her drawings, objects, installations, and actions. She studied at the Hungarian Academy of Art Budapest and Städelschule, Frankfurt. Solo shows include exhibitions at the Műcsarnok Palace, Budapest; Drawing Center, New York; Secession, Wien and Kunstmuseum Basel.

Image: Woman with Rainbowtears - Drawing from " Syrian Series", Roza El- Hassan, 2011 gouache on paper, 35x25 cm