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This picture shows Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari and his painting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad depicted as a refugee. His art project titled "The Vulnerability Series" on display at the Ayyam Gallery in Dubai imagines world leaders as they might look if they lost all their power and became refugees.

The leaders portrayed in the project include US President Donald Trump, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and former US President Barack Obama. The project is made up of a short video and large-format portraits on canvas in which the artist paints the leaders as displaced and desperate, taking away their power and charisma and revealing their human vulnerability. Omari began this work based on his own experience as a displaced refugee and his anger over the situation in Syria, but during the course of the work it transformed into depictions of what it looks like when powerful leaders have their power taken away."I wanted to take away their power not to serve me and my pain but to give those leaders back their humanity and the audience an insight into what the power of vulnerability can achieve," said Omari in explaining his work. 


The strength of vulnerability Abdalla Al Omari is a Syrian artist and filmmaker who was born in Damascus in 1986. He holds degrees in English literature and visual arts, and began his career as an artist in Syria in 2012.He recently obtained asylum in Belgium and currently lives and works in Brussels, where he created "The Vulnerability Series".

"I have convinced myself [that vulnerability] is the strongest weapon humankind possesses, way more powerful than the trail of power games, bomb craters and bullet holes in our collective memories. Vulnerability is a gift we should all celebrate," he said of the project.

Check out a YouTube video trailer of the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZqYsiACtSs) '
 

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