It was not scenes of death and destruction but images of colorful mosques, smiling strangers and family dinners that New Haven artist Mohamad Hafez discussed in his Sunday talk about his Syria-inspired art.
Hafez — a Syrian-born artist and architect who now lives in the Elm City — spoke in the United Church Parish House Lounge on the last day of his art exhibit in Silliman College. The exhibit, titled “Refugees: Stories of Life’s Dreams and Scars,” has been on display in Silliman’s Maya’s Room since Feb. 6 but comes down Monday. Hafez was invited to speak by local peace advocacy nonprofit Promoting Enduring Peace.
Of the subjects of his artwork, Hafez said the ongoing conflict has made everyday life very different.
“These normal day-to-day people are probably not smiling anymore,” Hafez said.