>> They are the familiar faces that we see pictures of on a weekly if not daily basis. But this time look closer, the leaders are some of the worlds most powerful countries depicted as refugees. Needing help they line up dressed in worn out clothes and holding empty pots and pans.
Painted by Syrian artist of Abdalla Al Omari who is himself displaced. Beginning his art career in Damascus shortly after the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011. Now based in Belgium, his work focuses on the plight of refugees and those caught in the crossfire of war. A partner at the Dubai Gallery where this exhibition is being shown says Abdalla started the series out of anger.
>> Out of anger of being displaced among all those millions of people and then nothing is happening, and no one is helping and all those great leaders that can do so much good aren't doing good but eventually that sense of anger changed.>> The focus turning to ridding the leaders of their power, often capturing them in a moment of despair.
Exposing their vulnerability and ultimately their humanity.