I chose to be an artist. I’m not a politician. I’m interested in people and their feelings. I don’t want to choose one political side. Especially not when political opinions lead to the death of people and the destruction of countries. The most important thing for all forms of art is freedom. An artist should have the freedom to talk about everything including religion, sexuality, and also politics.
Zaher Alchihabi, Aleppo/Syrian — Time-based Media, Solitude fellow 2015–2017
Zaher Alchihabi completed his studies in theater at the drama school in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. His self-produced short film Self Dialog was chosen as one of the three best applications to study film directing at the European University in Damascus, granting him a scholarship. As a result of the Syrian civil war, his school building was destroyed and he decided to flee to Europe in early 2015. Today he belongs to the team of the organization Zuflucht Kultur e.V. He is currently performing the role of Arbace in the opera Idomeneo, co-directing the accompanying film documentation and working on his own short film.