During During Dublin City University’s refugee week, the ‘University of Sanctuary’ hosted the Syrian Architects Art and Design Exhibition organised by ARecture.
The launch was held in the Seamus Theatre in DCU’s Creegan Library on the St Patrick’s Campus on February 1st.
Muhammad Achour the DCU staff member was the curator of the exhibition. Achour was working in the School of Architecture at Aleppo University when was it was bombed in 2013 and wanted to use the exhibition to showcase several possible futures for post-reconstruction Aleppo.
Archour’s idea behind the showcase is “sending a message of human resilience about beauty and hope, for peace and reconstruction”.
The exhibition features sketches, drawings and models from five young graduates of Aleppo University. Some of who are currently in Syria and some who have been displaced to places like the Netherlands due to civil war.
The famous Aleppo University was bombed in 2013, many refugees had left Syria for safety, however many others stayed and completed their study at university.
The artworks compromises of a collection of architectural drawings produced by the architectural students who have since graduated and worked through times of war.
David Stanton the Minister of State for the Department of Justice and Equality visited the campus for the special showing on the 7th of February 2019.
Speaking about DCU’s refugee week, President of DCU, Professor Brain Mac Craith stated “As Ireland’s first designated University of Sanctuary, Refugee week is one of a number of initiatives that DCU is committed to on an annual basis. Our aim is to welcome asylum seekers and refugees into the university community and promote a culture of inclusion for all”
The exhibition was displayed in the Cregan library up until February 14th.
Image Credit: Lorna Lawless