A video posted on Facebook. The attention and generosity of a great woman and sensitive artist. The real help for two Syrian children. The emotion and love that continue to reproduce in a series of events from Venice to other Italian cities. There is all this in the history of the two brothers who have left Aleppo for Beirut. Nasser and Mohammed Darwish, 12years and 10 years old. The mother, Manal Sadik, was killed in the war that is bloodying the Middle Eastern country. After this tragic event the father, Abdul, has decided to take them away from that land; he brought them up into a van, which became their home; They have left Syria for neighboring Lebanon; They have traveled about 350 kilometers and have tried to free themselves from the condition of “dead man walking”.
Since then, Nasser and Mohammed help his father as they can, in fact, Nasser and Mohammed tried to give him an hand with what they do better: to draw. The children began to hang their works for the central streets of Beirut; bound drawings with rope to trees or poles, exposed them in search of buyers. So, for a few dollars the people of Beirut, or those who are passing through the city, they can buy them. The media response came when AJ + Arabia, one of Al Jazeera channels, posted a video on its Facebook page, where it was told the story of the two brothers and the father, a widower since 5 years, he never stopped to encourage his children to use their imagination in the drawings, trying to save the rest of their childhood.
The video was also seen by Enas Elkorashy, young curator of art, born in Cairo, Egypt, she has formed artistically in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Helwan Univeristy of the Egyptian capital. After graduation, she moved to Italy, was immediately inserted in the cultural scene, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions up to the “Made in .. Art Gallery”, an exhibition space founded and directed by her which is located in Venice and it’s mission is to “show different facets on the identity of a city, country, group, coded ethnicity, material, color through art.” she is turned to two of her Lebanese friends, filmmaker and journalist Farrah Alhashem Abdulrahman Orabi, to find the father and his children. They were found, Enas Elkorashy spoke with them and he explained what he wanted to do, his project “The draw to live”. Art curator has asked the artist Patrizia Polese collaboration for the installation of drawings and she held an exhibition last September.
The work of Nasser and Mohammed Darwish together with those of 58 other Syrian children have become true works of art, they can be visited in Venice gallery, thanks to the sensitivity and the interest of this young woman. they were put on sale to support and help the Darwish family and the Lebanese director Farrah Alhashem made a documentary about the project “I draw to live” and on the meeting that took place in Beirut between the curator of art, Abdul Nasser and Mohammed. There have been many requests to visit the exhibition and for this reason Enas Elkorashy chose to reserve a space to children’s drawings during the exhibition “Humans,” staged in the gallery until 22 October. Moreover, for a few days of October, the works of the little Syrian refugees have also been exposed to “Isolo17 Gallery” in Verona, during the “MyHomeGallery” event.
Egyptian gallery is unstoppable, because this river of love does not know and can not stop. His new project “Adopt a friend” involves the schools of Venice and, again, Syrian children. “I Syrian children will draw their portrait on half a sheet with their name, age and city from which they come – Enas Elkorashy explained -. Then the small students of the Venetian schools will choose a Syrian friend from the drawings and they will complete half of the sheet with their picture. At the end of the collection, I will expose the works in the gallery. The goal is to hold high the attention of Italian and European people on the victims of this war, helping refugees through collaboration of schools and Italian families, educate our children to solidarity. “