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Ariana Drehsler

“Aleppo”


ARTIST STATEMENT

Last August I documented the Free Syrian Army for a week in Aleppo, from the front line to men sharing stories of their families and friends in between fighting. The conflict in Syria began on March 15, 2011; millions have been displaced from their homes and more than 100,000 have died as a result of the war. When I was working on my bachelors in interior design at the Design Institute of San Diego, the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East like wildfire. The Arab Spring impacted not only people on the ground but it affected me as well. I wanted to be there to document and witness history for myself. During that time I made my decision to go to the Middle East. In 2012, a year after graduating, I made Cairo my home and have documented events from a democratic election in Egypt to a coup in a span of one year. I use photography as a tool to express myself by capturing my surroundings, document glimpses of history, experience different cultures and to tell a story.

ARTIST BIO

I use photography as a tool to express myself by capturing my surroundings, document glimpses of history, experience different cultures and to tell a story. When I was working on my bachelors in interior design at the Design Institute of San Diego, the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East like wildfire. The Arab Spring impacted not only people on the ground but it affected me as well, I wanted to be there to document and witness history for myself. During that time I made my decision to go to the Middle East. A year after graduation In 2012, I made Cairo my home and have documented events from a democratic election in Egypt to a coup in a span of one year. Last August I documented the Free Syrian Army for a week in Aleppo, from the front line to men sharing stories of their families and friends in between fighting. The conflict in Syria began on March 15, 2011, millions have been displaced from their homes and more than 100,000 have died as a result of the war.

Selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.