This article released by NOW Lebanon covers the arrest of internationally recognized Syrian Artist Youssef Abdelke. Abdelke was arrested on July 18 2013 by regime forces as a way to suppress his intellectual and creative voice from further galvanizing others against them. He now stands amongst many other artists and thinkers to suffer from arrest and targeted violence for his call for freedom.
As a result of the political winds Abdelke’s work underwent a natural evolution “his brushes and charcoals turned to people: martyrs and their mothers. He found “a noble sentiment” present in his own recent work that he’d found absent before.”