‘Yemen’s Banksy’: Murad Subay creates art against war in Berlin
Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, say humanitarian organizations. At the Human Rights Film Festival in Berlin, street artist Murad Subay comments on the horrors of war.
‘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.
Let’s call things by its true name. The international terror, is the true source of terrorism. My last mural in the German capital, Berlin. A mural dimension 220 cm high and 4 meters wide. September 2021
Special thanks to the wonderful Yemeni artist Salwa Al-Eryani for her great cooperation, as well as thanks to my dear friend Shadi Abu Zaid.
“المجلس الأعلى للإرهاب”
لنسمي الأمور بأسمائها. الإرهاب الدولي هو المصدر الحقيقي للإرهاب. جداريتي الأخيرة في العاصمة الألمانية برلين، بإرتفاع ٢٢٠ وعرض ٤ امتار. سبتمبر ٢٠٢١
شكر خاص للفنانة اليمنية الرائعة سلوى الإرياني على تعاونها الكبير، وكذلك الشكر لصديقي العزيز شادي أبو زيد.
“War is one of the evil roots, turning people into monsters and victims, and others watching and ignoring.” This is my phrase on the mural “Faces of War” which I finished in Berlin on September 20, 2021.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with the “Human Rights Film Festival Berlin” by implementing my “Faces of War” at the main entrance of the festival, with dimensitons of 23.5 meters and a height of 3.3 meters. September 2021
Thank you to the organizers of the festival, the chief Anne Ramskogler and Vasilo Saroglu and to all the team of the festival.
Special thanks to my dear friend a, Shadi Abu Zeid, who was a great help in implementing this work.
“ الحرب إحدى جذور الشر, تحول البشر إلى وحوش وضحايا, وأخرين يشاهدون ويتجاهلون”هذه هي العبارة المرافقة لجداريتي “وجوه الحرب” والتي انتهيت من تنفيذها في برلين يوم 20 سبتمبر 2021.
سعدت بالتعاون مع مهرجان “أفلام حقوق الإنسان برلين” وذلك بعمل جدارية “وجوه الحرب” على المدخل الرئيسي للمهرجان، بمساحة ٢٣ متر وارتفاع ٣ امتار. سبتمبر ٢٠٢١
شكر لمنظمي المهرجان والمسؤولة عليه العزيزة آن رامسكوجلر وفاسيلو ساروجلو.
شكر خاص للصديق والأخر العزيز شادي أبو زيد والذي كان العون الكبير في تنفيذ هذه الجدارية.
Since the outbreak of the war, Murad Subay has been painting on walls and ruins across Yemen. With his art, he shows the devastating consequences of war, poverty, and disease, and denounces the war crimes of all parties involved – including those in the West, whose arms exports are contributing to Yemeni suffering.
Twenty years of war, preceded by twenty others, and Afghanistan and its people are still living persecution, death and ignorance. It passed through the soil of this beautiful country, the Soviets, Radical Islamists, the Americans and their allies, and they turned it into ashes. Afghanistan was handed over and with the sponsorship of the international Powers on a silver platter to this Radical group, which will serve the interests of the international powers through fighting proxy wars in the future, and the heavy cost which the Afghan people especially women and children that will pay is not important.
My most recent Design is “The Supreme Council of Terrorists”.
Since the outbreak of the war, the parties to the war, especially in the north, have sought to use all means of dirty war, including the recruitment of children, which was and is more severe, especially after the systematic destruction of the educational system, which in turn left millions of children without education, as well as the militias of various types and agendas by recruiting and brainwashing thousands of children, taking advantage of the poverty that people have reached in Yemen.
An interview on “TeleGrenoble TV” about my mural which I achieved in the city, as part of Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes. The interview lasted for 20 minutes and started at minute 50 to minute 110. I spoke about my engagement and followed by showing the short film “Murad” which directed by Oscar Nominee Abdulrahman Hussain, where it featured my work in Yemen.