>> They say a picture speaks a thousand words. For Lina Al-Jijaki, painting allows her to process the conflict that is ravaging her country. Lina is from Syria, and these paintings portray Syrian women and children as victims of war.>> I'm drowned, but I'm still here. I think I'm looking at you and I want you to do something.
>> Her paintings were on show at Paris Palais-Royal in an exhibition called Windows of the Atelier for Artists in Exile. Lina is one of around 150 artists from 20 countries supported by the atelier. Since it opened its doors last year, it has worked to support artists in exile by providing workspaces, supplies, and exposure.
Director Judith Dupal believes she's carrying on a tradition started by great immigrant artists, like Dali and Picasso.>>
> For a long time, France has had a history with exiles. We have a lot of great exiled artists in French culture, so it's about time that tradition is renewed.
>> For Mohammed, also from Syria, the atelier provides a space to create new work on the conflict. He fled Syria in 2012 after being detained for three months. His film cuts together clips from citizen journalists. For the artists in residence here, the atelier provides a space to create and be inspired in a country renowned for its great art.