From Damascus to Andalusiaexhibition 19 Sep – 20 Dec 2019, 09:00 – 17:00
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Exeter EX4 4ND
The message from Adib Fattal from Damascus – conveyed to you through his paintings - is a message of love, peace, tolerance and the connections that bring us together. For Adib, the world is not East or West, Islamic, Christian or Jewish, nor is it black or white. For him the world is one world, multilayered, moulded by history, coloured with diversity and made more beautiful with our rich cultural heritage — be it natural or man-made.
Andalusia for Adib is all about tolerance. In its glory, Andalusian Spain epitomized enlightenment, religious tolerance, debate,
humanism and artistry. It is this message that Adib wishes to espouse through
his paintings which he created in Damascus - a setting very far and
significantly different to this Andalusian model.
Inspiration to do this from a sad and defeated Damascus is hope and his sincere belief that the world can - and will be - a better place, a more beautiful place particularly when we learn to be tolerant, accepting, open-minded and charitable.
This exhibition is open to all. Entry is free. Opening times are 9am - 5pm on weekdays.
Image: Courtesy Adib Fattal. Copyright the artist.