“Murad” – Film by: Abdurahman Hussain

“Elites and Politicians did not represent Yemenis well and they let them down, but there is no doubt that things will change. It won’t last forever. People will get to the stage where they demand a state, a just state – free of corruption. They will definitely pursue that.”

“Yemenis love beauty by nature, and for four years now, the murals in the streets haven’t been touched or destroyed by the Yemeni citizens.”

“Murad” A short film
By the brilliant: AbduRahman Hussain

خُذل اليمنيون من قبل ساستهم ونخبهم، لكن بلا شك الزمن يتغير وسيصل اليمنيون الى فكرة حاجتهم إلى الدولة، وسيخرجو لأجل الدولة، دولة مدنية، دولة عادلة ودولة خالية من الفساد. لا بد أن يخرجو”

“اليمنيون بطبعهم يحبون الجمال، ولأكثر من أربعة أعوام، لم تتعرض الجداريات للطمس من قبل المواطن اليمني.”

من فيلم قصير بعنوان “مراد”
للعبقري: عبدالرحمن حسين

 

#INDEXAWARDS2016: MURAD SUBAY SHEDS LIGHT ON HUMAN COST OF YEMEN’S WAR

 

#IndexAwards2016: Murad Subay sheds light on human cost of Yemen’s war

By Georgia Hussey, 18 March 2016

In 2011, artist Murad Subay took to the streets of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a to protest the country’s dysfunctional economy and institutionalised corruption, and to bring attention to a population besieged by conflict. Choosing street art as his medium of protest, he’s since run five campaigns to promote peace and art, and to discuss sensitive political and social issues in society. Unlike many street artists, all his painting is done in public, during the day, often with passers by getting involved themselves.

Murad Subay

Since 2011, jihadist attacks and sectarian clashes have engulfed Yemen, and in 2015 a civil war began between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government. The exiled Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition stood against the Houthi militia, and those loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and backed by Iran.

In the last seven months the conflict has hit the already unstable country, leading to over 21 million people – 82 percent of the population – needing humanitarian assistance. In addition, a strong Al-Qaeda presence has drawn repeated drone strikes from the United States.

“Yemenis live under catastrophic conditions due to the conflicts, considering that they are already one of the poorest nations in the world,” Subay told Index. “They lack food, water and medicine, and they are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.” With his art, Subay aims to highlight the situation in which millions of Yemenis find themselves in today.

Murad started his graffiti campaigns with The Walls Remember Their Faces, drawing the faces of Yemeni citizens who had been forcibly disappeared.

“This particular campaign meant so much to me,” he said. “I felt that I got closer to those people every time we painted their faces. Almost every week people came holding the picture of their long disappeared family member, so that we paint it on the walls.”

He then began Colour the Walls of Your Street, claiming back the bombed remains of Yemen’s capital, followed by 12 Hours in 2013. 12 Hours was an hour-by-hour series with each piece depicting one of 12 problems facing Yemen, including weapons proliferation, sectarianism, kidnapping and poverty. The project used social media to call Yemeni citizens to action, painting walls with messages about government and policy across Yemen’s capital.
His latest campaign Ruins was initiated in May 2015, in collaboration with artist Thi Yazen. The project involves them painting on the walls of buildings damaged by the war, to provide a memorial for the thousands of war victims, and to highlight war crimes.

Subay has faced pressure from the authorities, who have covered his work or stopped him from extending his campaigns to other towns. However ordinary Yemenis — including victims’ families — have gotten behind his campaigns by painting alongside Subay, or repainting pieces “scrubbed out” by authorities.

Murad Subay continues to shed light on the human cost of the war, taking his murals to other cities in Yemen, including Aden, Taizz, Ebb and Hodeidah.

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“Ruins” campaign, Taiz mural 10 september 2015

This mural was painted in September 10, 2015, on a water tank in Hawban area, which is located in the border of Taiz city, Yemen. The mural is part of a campaign called “Ruins” in which we paint in the damaged areas due to the conflicts to commemorate the victims of war and to highlight the war crimes in Yemen. I dedicate this mural to the child victims of the armed conflicts in every Yemeni city, hoping that this mindless war will end soon and that peace will prevail in every place in Yemen.

Thanks to my friends who accompanied me on the trip to taiz city and who contributed to the success of this work.
Photo by: Hanan Al-Surmi
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هذه الجداريه رسمت يوم الخميس، 10 سبتمبر 2015، على خزان مهمل وسط أرضية مكشوفة تقع في منطقة الحوبان، على حدود مدينة تعز، اليمن. رسمت هذه الجدارية ضمن حملة “حُطام”، والتي فيها نرسم في المناطق المتضررة من الحرب لإحياء ذكرى ضحايا الحرب وتسليط الضوء على جرائم الحرب في اليمن. أهدي الجدارية للأطفال ضحايا الصراعات المسلحة في كل مدينة يمنية، متمنياً أن يحل السلام على تعز وعدن وصعدة وصنعاء وباقي المدن اليمنية.

شكراً لأصدقائي الذين رافقوني في رحلتي لـ تعز ولكل من ساهم في إنجاح العمل.

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جداريتي في منطقة “فج عطان” ضمن حملة “حُطام” 13 يونيو 2015

“أمن المواطنين أولويتنا” الجملة الشهيره التي يقولها ساسة الحروب.. أمن المواطنين أخر أولوياتهم، فالمواطنين وفي مقدمتهم الأطفال هم أول الضحايا.
جداريتي الثانيه، ضمن حملة “حُطام” في منطقة “فج عطان”، 13 يونيو 2015.

تصويرالبديع: AbduRahman Hussain

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