One of my sketches as part of Faces of war collection, Sana’a 2018
سكتش مسخ ديني, ضمن مجموعة وجوه الحرب, صنعاء 2018
Abyss 2017/ The Painted Bird 2019
In the first picture, a mural entitled “Abyss” in November 2017, which the Yemeni artist Murad Subay painted as part of his campaign “Faces of War”, a collection of murals that he implemented in war zones, and ruins of the ongoing war in his country, Yemen.
The second photo is a Poster of the film “The Painted Bird” September 2019, that directed by Czech director “Václav Marhoul”, a film narrated the war through the story of a child who lived in times of war.
The Similarity between the mural “Abyss” 2017, and the poster of the Film 2019, is huge, and this raised a question about a copyright infringement and the time difference is about two years.
This confirms either that there is artistic theft or that it is a coincidence that came after two years!!!
We started to contact with the association which represent the artists copyrights and they are not sure that the Czech Law will support the case since there are no proof of copyright infringement.
The film is great.. but the respect of any artist and crediting the work should be guaranteed.
Unfortunately, It seems that the photo is not an enough proof !!!
في الصورة الأولى ، جدارية بعنوان “الهاوية” في تشرين الثاني 2017 ، رسمها الفنان اليمني مراد سبيع ضمن حملته “وجوه الحرب” ، وهي مجموعة من الجداريات التي نفّذها في مناطق الحروب ، وأنقاض الحرب المستمرة. في بلده اليمن.
الصورة الثانية هي ملصق لفيلم “الطائر الملون” سبتمبر 2019 ، للمخرج التشيكي “فاتسلاف مرهول” ، وهو فيلم يروي الحرب من خلال قصة طفل عاش في زمن الحرب.
التشابة بين الجدارية ٢٠١٧ وملصق فيلم ٢٠١٩ كبير ، مما يثير تساؤلاً حول انتهاك حقوق النشر والفارق الزمني حوالي عامين.
وهذا يؤكد إما أن هناك سرقة فنية أو أنها صدفة جاءت بعد عامين !!!
بدأنا في الاتصال بالجمعية التي تمثل حقوق التأليف والنشر للفنانين وهم غير متأكدين من أن القانون التشيكي سيدعم القضية نظرًا لعدم وجود دليل على انتهاك حقوق النشر.
الفيلم رائع .. لكن احترام أي فنان وتقدير العمل يجب أن يكون مضمونا.
للأسف يبدو أن الصورة ليست دليلاً كافياً !!!
Video for the during the process of the making of the mural War Trilogy, in a collaboration with the Aktion Gegen Den Hunger Organisation.
On a wall of Urban Spree, Berlin. March 2022
للعام الثامن والحرب التي اندلعت بين عامي ٢٠١٤ و ٢٠١٥ تنهش اليمن واليمنيين.
أتت على كل ما كانوا يناضلو لبنائه في العقود السبعة المنصرمة.
بالتعاون مع منظمة “اكشن جيجن دن هنجر” الألمانية، نفذت سلسلة من ثلاث جداريات، على جدار “أوربان شبري” في برلين، ٢٤-٢٦ مارس ٢٠٢٢.
For the eighth year, the war that erupted between 2014 and 2015 ravages Yemen and Yemenis.
It came on everything they had been striving to build in the past seven decades.
In cooperation with the “Aktion Gegen den Hunger”, a series of three murals that I did, on the “Urban Spree” wall in Berlin, March 24-26, 2022.
After my request for a moment of silence for all the innocent which lost their lives in the wars raging around the world.
“The Yemenis were caught up in a fierce war between two forces, one of them represented by Iran and the Houthis militias in Yemen, which invaded the cities and the capital Sana’a in September 2014, and another represented by Saudi Arabia and its alliance, which launched its war in March 2015. The Yemenis lost everything they could build in the past seven decades.”
“Today I present to you this painting, which describes the war that has been going on in Yemen for seven years, and it is titled “Piles”, where there are three severed heads hanging on stakes full of thorns, and eyes like black holes from the horror of war.”
Part of my speech to the representative Minister of Economy and Environment from the Germen government, Mr. Stephen Giegold, who attended on behalf of the Minister, in front of the Ministry, during the handover of 52,000 signatures demanding to stop the arms sales with Sebastian Friedrich-Rust the CEO of “Aktion Jegen den Hunger”, that held by the organization in Germany. 24 March 2022.
Followed by handing my painting entitled “Piles”, which depicat the war in Yemen.
بعد طلبي بالوقوف دقيقة صمت على الأبرياء الذين فقدوا أرواحهم في الحروب الدائرة حول العالم.
“وقع اليمنيون في حرب شرسة بين قوتين إحداهما ممثلة بإيران وميليشياتها في اليمن ، والتي اجتاحت المدن والعاصمة صنعاء في سبتمبر 2014 ، وأخرى ممثلة بـ المملكة العربية السعودية وتحالفها ، الذي شن حربه في مارس 2015. فقد اليمنيون كل ما استطاعوا بنائه في العقود السبعة الماضية “.
“أقدم لكم اليوم هذه اللوحة التي تصف الحرب الدائرة في اليمن منذ سبع سنوات ، وهي بعنوان” أكوام “، حيث توجد ثلاثة رؤوس مقطوعة معلقة على أوتاد مليئة بالأشواك ، وعيون مثل الثقوب السوداء. من رعب الحرب “.
جزء من حديثي إلى ممثل وزير الاقتصاد والبيئة من الحكومة الألمانية ، السيد ستيفن جيغولد ، الذي حضر نيابة عن الوزير ، أمام الوزارة ، أثناء تسليم 52000 توقيع يطالبون بوقف مبيعات الأسلحة مع سيباستيان فريدريش روست الرئيس التنفيذي لـ “Aktion Jegen den Hunger” ، التي عقدتها المنظمة في ألمانيا. 24 مارس 2022.
تلا ذلك تسليم لوحي بعنوان “أكوام” التي تصور الحرب في اليمن.
“Befor the War”
The title of the comic, published today by”The imperial museum of Wars” in London, in which my work and my experience in street art are presented through 10 slids of comics, and it is accompanied by an audio material in which I talk about bright sides in Yemen.
Comics by the artist: Pan Cooke
‘Yemen’s Banksy’: Murad Subay creates art against war in Berlin
‘The Faces of War’: Murad Subay working on his mural at the Berliner Union Film Ateliers
Seven black-and-white portraits line up against a red background. Huge black holes replace the figures’ eyes. “Wars are one of the evil roots, turning humans into monsters, victims, and others watching and ignoring,” writes artist Murad Subay in a caption next to his mural.Continue reading “‘Yemen’s Banksy’: Murad Subay creates art against war in Berlin/ On “DW””
On Today TV program episod was dedicated to Yemen, on the Italian channal TV2000.
Where the journalist Laura Silvia Battaglia, spoke about Yemen and the situation and about my work during the war as well.Continue reading ““Mortar Rose” mural by Subay, on TV 2000, Italy.”
With ending war his motivation and the street his canvas, one Yemeni artist is using street art to campaign for peace in Yemen
SANAA – Murad Subay sees the devastated streets and bombed buildings in Yemen’s war as something more than just ruins: he sees canvases onto which he can tell stories through art.
The award-winning 30-year-old street artist’s aim is to spread a message of peace during Yemen’s current crisis – and his work is having a major impact in Yemen and abroad.
“Street art has never really been a part of Yemeni culture, but after seven years of war, it is becoming more normal,” he tells Middle East Eye.
Since the start of the revolution in 2011, which has now escalated into a full-scale war between the Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed government forces, Subay has been drawing murals around the country in a bid to raise awareness of the impact the war is having on Yemen’s civilian population.
“I’m not working for any side or for my own power,” he says. “I am against the war. We only hear about explosions or the voices of hatred, and doing art in times of war means we want peace.”
Highlighting the harsh realities of today’s war-torn Yemen, Subay’s murals adorn burnt-out buildings and walls across some of the country’s biggest cities including the capital Sanaa, the southwestern city of Taiz, and the coastal city of Hodeida.
His depictions tackle issues such as the forced disappearances of civilians, the current cholera epidemic, and the ongoing misery inflicted by both sides on innocent civilians.
Experts say his work is having a powerful impact on Yemeni society. Dr Anahi Alviso Marino, a Paris-based political scientist, has done extensive research on street art in Yemen and the role Subay has been playing.
She told MEE: “On the artistic level, it’s the first time there are public exhibitions on the street [with] such amazing participation from the public.
“His campaign on the forced disappearances, for example, pushed the issue onto the political agenda. It also helped to find and locate some of the people who had gone missing. People were found because of the images he had stencilled,” she adds.
People were found because of the images he had stencilled
-Dr Anahi Alviso Marino, political scientist
According to a 2017 report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), dozens of people have been forcibly disappeared.
Subay says that the role of street art is more important in times of war than during times of harmony.
“During times of peace, everything existed but today people are losing their voices, their lives, their hope,” he says. “When you walk down a street in Yemen today, you will only see disappointment on people’s faces. They don’t believe in any side of this war. They just want to eat and have access to clean water. But there is cholera and diphtheria, and a million people facing hunger and malnutrition.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the cholera epidemic in the country has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history.
At the end of 2017, a million cases were expected, with at least 600,000 of that figure likely to be children, according to the WHO.
Subay was born in the city of Dhamar in the southwest and moved to Sanaa when he was six years old.
From an early age, he started showing an interest in art and he grew up reading books about famous European painters like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse.
With the encouragement of his family, Subay began painting and teaching himself art skills at home.
Yet with formal art courses only available in Aden and Hodeida and not in the capital, Subay went on to study English literature at Sanaa University.
In 2011, the uprising against Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government inspired Subay to take his art to the streets.
“I wasn’t ever thinking that I would do street art. I didn’t really know that it existed,” he says.
Subay joined thousands of protesters at Tagheer Square in Sanaa, chanting for “human rights and justice.”
Today people are losing their voices, their lives, their hope
– Murad Subay, street artist
“When it looked like the revolution was going to fail, people grew frustrated, especially those who had been dreaming of a better life. I was also frustrated and that’s when I began drawing on the streets of Sanaa,” he says.
A year later, he launched his first street art campaign called “Colour the Walls of Your Street,” inviting people through social media to participate in an event to paint over the effects of the shelling and bullets on walls. Many people from his community – the young, the old, artists, non-artists, came together for the event, painting a variety of images from flowers to designs, to non-descript objects.
Since then, he has initiated four more campaigns, including “Ruins,” a project encouraging locals to paint on what is left of destroyed walls.
It was launched in 2015, in the Bani Hawwat area of Sanaa, where air strikes destroyed more than seven houses and killed 27 civilians, including 15 children, according to Subay’s campaign.
The UN says the prolonged war has already claimed the lives of more than 5,000 civilians in less than three years. Due to the dangers, Subay has often found himself caught in the crossfire with authorities.
“I once went to Taiz during a time when it was being heavily bombarded by air strikes and mortar shells,” he recalls. “I had just finished painting some water murals when we were caught.”
“The authorities kept us for around an hour, and only released us on the condition that we would return to Sanaa. Another time, when we went drawing in a dangerous part of Sanaa, we were kept in a cow pen made of mud for around one hour [as well].”
To lessen any possible risks with authorities, Subay seeks permission to paint on buildings from their owners.
“It isn’t necessarily illegal to do street art, but given the dangerous times we live in, I always get permission from people who own the buildings that I draw on,” he explains.
“Initially, Yemenis, who are sceptical of most things because of the war, weren’t sure about what I was doing. So I’ve had to do my best to show that I’m independent and that I want to express what this means for our people.”
Politics is not just impacting his professional life – his personal life is also under pressure from Yemen’s current situation.
Subay’s wife Hadil, 23, is currently on a scholarship studying international law at Stanford University in California. But US President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which was announced in January 2017, has kept the couple apart.
“It’s been one year since I’ve seen my wife. She is scared to leave the US in case they don’t let her back in, and I’m not allowed to visit her,” he says.
It’s been one year since I’ve seen my wife
-Murad Subay, street artist
His artwork has attracted global attention, as he is often called the pioneer of the street art scene in Yemen and the “Arab Banksy”.
Yet Marino says that this description does not completely reflect Subay’s work. She explains that Banksy is much more of a solo artist, while Murad’s work is more of a collaborative effort that brings the community together.
Subay has won at least five international awards, including the Freedom of Expression Award in 2016 from the prestigious London-based Index on Censorship organisation, which he travelled to London to pick up.
He has drawn a mural in London reflecting how the international community is ignoring the human rights violations and atrocities taking place in Yemen. But because of the war, Subay says that he has missed at least 15 opportunities to speak about or showcase his work.
In March 2017, he collaborated with UK-based artist Lisa-Mari Gibbs on the anniversary of the first “Colour the Walls of Your Street” campaign.
Both artists hosted an “open day of art” simultaneously in Sanaa and Reading, a city in the UK.
During the day, groups in the two countries were given the opportunity to express themselves through art, with the overarching theme of promoting peace.
People don’t believe in any side of this war. They just want to eat and have access to clean water. But there is cholera and diphtheria, and a million people facing hunger and malnutrition
– Murad Subay, street artist
Almost one year later, Subay is keen to see the event grow.
“Last year a bridge was built between Yemen and the UK. This year I’m working on building new bridges with places like Milan, New York and South Korea to see if artists in those countries would like to participate in the ‘open day for art’,” Subay says.
With restricted access for foreign journalists and local journalists facing pressure on the ground in Yemen, international news outlets are struggling to tell the story of the dire humanitarian situation in the country.
Subay says that his murals and the small street art scene that is developing in the country could have an impact on getting their stories out.
Dr Anahi adds: “By speaking with a visual language, he is attracting this sort of attention. He says he wants to spread a message of political and social content and it is working.”
For Subay, however, his main concern is his fellow Yemenis.
“Street art has never really been a part of Yemeni culture, but after seven years of war, it is becoming more normal,” he says. “What is art in the streets going to do to help? It’s not going to feed people, but it is work to feed people; it’s work to give them hope, to give them a voice.”