March 30, 2023

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A Syrian refugee exhibits his work at Forma Aktua

A Syrian refugee exhibits his work at Forma Aktua

The space in which she makes her paintings is small. However, Lubna Arslan is exhibiting homemade paintings at the summer salon at the Forma Aktua exhibition in Setad these weeks.

“Lubna’s story is special,” says Inge Barnhorn, who teaches Dutch to refugees. Lubna comes from Syria, has asylum-seeker status and lives on an AZC refugee boat in the city. During the lessons she communicated with her drawings. She made small paintings with different words. Such as a train station or a railway crossing. These little plates are used to explain words in the Dutch language.

“Not a nice studio”
The space in which a small building can work. “On the boat where they live they have a common room, and they have a room where they stay with two people. So don’t expect a nice studio, no, there’s a stand and she’s done her work on it. The nice thing is that some of her work can now be seen in the Forma Aktua, where she had the opportunity to present its work.

Lubna Arsaloun from Syria. I was born and raised in a peaceful city. About 200,000 people live in the city, which is located about 40 kilometers northeast of Homs. Lubna studied fine arts in Damascus at Damascus University. The war in Syria has made its future uncertain. In 2011, an armed uprising broke out by various groups against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The battle culminated in a civil war that has been raging for eleven years. Lubna fled the war and ended up in Groningen.

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summer salon
Galerie Forma Aktua is organizing the Summer Salon this summer. A total of 62 artists from the three northern provinces had the opportunity to display their work in the exhibition. The Summer Salon can be viewed until August 21, with the gallery open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.