Omar Imam

Live, Love, Refugee

In “Live, Love, Refugee”, Omar Imam dissolves the recurrent representation of Syrian refugees by replacing numbers, reports, and statistics with hallucinations, fears, and dreams. He tries to approach the mental state of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, asking how relationships and dreams are affected by conflict and displacement. He chose to make complex photographs with many layers, employing symbolism and surrealism, in an attempt to approach the psychological situation of his characters/subjects.

Omar Imam (Damascus, 1979) is an Amsterdam-based visual artist. In his sculptures, short films, and photography, Imam uses irony and a conceptual approach to respond to war, its consequences and causes.