'Dar Al Qamar'

Rama Duwaji

Change is a chance for renewal, a new path to be taken. ‘Dar Al Qamar’ reimagines the Syria in which the artist wanted to grow up, through a collection of ideas, dreams and ambitions shaped during her childhood summers in Damascus.

Centered around the family house she spent many formative years in, one that was turned into rubble and broken glass, this project is a love letter to the home that once was, and to Syria for all the capacity she has.

Commissioned as part of the Bagri Foundation’s Chang/ce series of new animations.  Available until 31st October 2021.

Rama Duwaji is an illustrator and animator who uses visual art as a tool to examine themes of sisterhood and authentic expression within communities. Originally Syrian, she creates imagery of women of colour in healing spaces as a way to envision a future without the pressures to conform to western standards of living and beauty. Her symbolic illustrations critique current societal norms and highlight the roles that community practices play in one’s mental health and well-being. She has created illustrative work for the likes of Tate Modern, BBC 100 Women and Spotify Arabia.