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Bringing a Piece of Damascus to New Haven: An Evening with Mohamed Hafez

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You are cordially invited to a reception at the Whitney Humanities Center's Art Galley with New Haven-based artist and architect, Mohamed Hafez. All proceeds will go towards providing Syrian refugee camps with sustainable medical equipment. Refreshments will be served. Please read below for further details!



Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, Syria in 1984 and migrated with his family to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia a year after his birth. His early life was informed by his family’s foreign status in Riyadh and regular visits to Damascus, until their eventual return in 1999. Hafez moved to the United States in 2003 to study architecture at Iowa State University. Since 2009, he has established himself as a licensed architect and full-time artist in New Haven, CT. Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal. Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content.

Responding to the atrocities of the Syrian war, Hafez’s recent work depicts cities besieged by civil war to capture the magnitude of the devastation and to expose the fragility of human life. However, in deliberate contrast to the violence of war, his art imbues a subtle hopefulness through deliberately emphasizing scenes that affirm that even during the darkest of times, patience is necessary for the blossoming of life and that, eventually, justice will prevail. See Hafez's work recently featured in The New York Times!

The United Nations has deemed the civil conflict in Syria one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. The unrest in Syria has forced nearly 5 million refugees to travel across the borders and has internally displaced more than 6 million persons. Consequently, refugee camps in countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan have seen an influx of impoverished Syrian refugees, many of whom are in need of immediate medical care. Thus, providing access to basic, quality healthcare is of utmost importance in refugee populations.

The Yale chapter of Rotary, in partnership with the New Haven Rotary Club, is raising funds to supply sustainable medical equipment to a refugee camp in Jordan, Camp Zaatari. Partnering with a NGO, Yale Rotaract hopes to deliver such equipment by the Summer of 2018, depending on field necessities.

By supplying the Zaatari with sustainable medical equipment, we will be helping to provide tens of thousands of people access to critical health screenings and treatment for their long-term future.

Please join us for an evening at the Whitney's Humanity Center's Art Gallery for a reception featuring Hafez and his work. All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items will be allocated towards funding medical relief for Camp Zaatari. Refreshments will be served. Additional donations can be made on our website.

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