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Edward Shahda

ARTIST

Edward Shahda

Is a Syrian artist born in 1952 in the city of Hama. His creative vision is deeply rooted in the realms of folk tales, myths, and the rich tapestry of local iconography with a unique focus on the female form. Through his skillful use of color, form, and symbolism, Edward captures the essence of mythical goddesses and folkloric heroic figures, creating a visual narrative that transcends cultural boundaries.
Currently residing in Damascus, Syria, Edward Shahda continues to draw inspiration from the dynamic cultural landscape that surrounds him, bridging the gap between the mystical and the contemporary in a harmonious dance of color and symbolism.

Embarking on a collaborative journey with my father, a gifted artist residing in the historical city of Damascus, has been a profoundly rewarding experience that intertwines familial bonds with artistic exploration. As his dedicated photographer and documentarian, my venture into documenting his art and life began as an organic extension of our shared passion for creativity. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the evolution of his artistic expression, capturing the nuanced layers of his work that reflect the complex tapestry of emotions, experiences, and inspirations that define his oeuvre.

Beyond the canvas, my documentation extends into the intimate facets of my father’s life as an artist in Damascus. Through candid shots and reflective moments, I’ve sought to encapsulate the challenges and triumphs that come with pursuing art in a city marked by both cultural richness and socio-political complexities.
His studio becomes a microcosm of creativity, a space where the personal and the artistic seamlessly converge.

 

My role as the dedicated photographer for my father, involves a meticulous and technical approach that commenced with the utilization of cutting-edge cameras. The emphasis on employing state-of-the-art equipment is geared towards ensuring the highest resolution and impeccable color management, laying the foundation for future use and archival purposes.

In the beginning was the word

 

7,40 M X 2,90 M

Acrylic on Canvas

The word became equivalent to death.
Three of the martyrs of opinion I chose to represent thousands of martyrs of the word

Christ, Al-Hussein bin Mansour Al-Hallaj, and Ghailan Al-Dimashqi Al-Qubti.

These three died to defend the word…opinion.
They did not carry a weapon, but a word.

Image Resolution 12800 X 32160

Resolution = 417.44MP pixels

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