The Syrian artist Nour Zantah has exhibited in p21Gallery from 12th – 21st March 2020
In the English language ‘Ataxia’ is a medical term referring to the loss of full control of bodily movements.
‘ATAX|A’ is a body of paintings that examines the experiences of Syrian subjects who have endured physical and psychological devastation. Rendered mute by the inability to express themselves discursively, these figurative paintings offer an alternative medium through which to reflect and configure both trauma and loss.
‘ATAX|A’ exhibits a series of testimonial paintings that have in various ways been inspired by media and online images of the war in Syria. These paintings transcend barriers of language, race, age and nationality, provoked by images and representations of war and violence. These paintings bear witness, albeit from afar, to the torments experienced by Syrians, both in war-torn Syria itself and in the diaspora.
Nour Zantah: is a London-based artist who was born in Homs, Syria, in 1989. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, in 2011, and a Master’s Degree in International Contemporary Art & Design Practice from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia, in 2014. Currently, she is completing her Ph.D. in Fine Arts, focusing on painting, at The University of Northampton, United Kingdom. Nour has exhibited her paintings worldwide including in Syria, Algeria, Jordan, and the UK.