Pop-in Expo
Varying presentations in the foyer

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam



The pop-in exhibit ‘From the Human Perspective’ by art platform The Publisher provides a stage for artists who have recently arrived in Europe as refugees. The Publisher operates from the conviction that issues around asylum can also be approached via the arts, with a focus on the strength of the individual and the need for self expression. They aim to facilitate and demonstrate the positive influence of creativity on integration.

The work of two artists from Syria on display here tells their personal stories. Through the eyes of photographer Mahmood Kharrat visitors can travel to Damascus as it was before war took its toll. Artist Besher Alsmadi expresses himself through graphic work that exposes the situation in Syria and the voyage of refugees to Europe and the rest of the world. His work carries a critical yet personal note.

Mahmod Kharrat

Kharrat (22) is a professional photographer from Damascus, Syria. He specialised in portrait photography, but he is also inspired by architecture. Most of his pictures stem from the time he lived in Syria, although he is currently working on new material in the Netherlands: “Photography is my job, it makes me feel free.”

Besher Alsmadi

Alsmadi (29) was born in Daraa, Syria. At the time of the Arab Spring he was one of many Syrians that took to the streets demanding freedom and dignity through peaceful revolution. He wanted to build a democratic state for all Syrians. Besher: “The response is murder, displacement and torture by the terrorist fascist regime. I was studying information technology in Syria, but could not complete my university education because of the situation. Five years ago I started learning several programs by myself, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Light Room. From the beginning of the Syrian revolution against the criminal dictator in 2011, I used my skills to show the world what was happening in my country.”