For the last year, Australian stencil artist, Luke Cornish, has traveled through Damascus, Palmyra, Aleppo, Homs and Maaloula working with Syrian children.
Cornish then organized a new exhibition at Melbourne’s Metro Gallery called ‘Zero to the Left’ that displays both his and the children’s work (that are made using stencil method) from his time spent in Syria. Also at the gallery the photographs are displayed Cornish took in Syria, printed using a technique called sublimation on aluminum.
Australian ABC.net quotes Cornish who says his art workshops, using supplies bought through fundraising, were warmly received by kids off the street and within schools.
“They are so appreciative that someone had come from the outside to spend time with them, just to let them know that they are not forgotten,” he says.
But for Cornish, the project was not so much about teaching art as distracting the children and giving them something fun to do.
Children also helped him spray his own stencil art onto the cities’ remaining walls and buildings.
Cornish is planning another trip to Syria later this year, again to work with local children. His aim is to put a human face on the Syrian conflict.