Lebanese artist, Yazan Halwani, was invited by the German arts organization, Alte Feuerwache to Mannheim where he painted a series of murals exploring Lebanese and Arab identity. The mural below tries to capture "moment in front of your luggage when you decide on what you will leave behind because you cannot take everything."
Halwani writes, "I think a real portrayal of identity should contain starker imagery: the chaos associated with the necessity to immigrate or the difficulty of seeing others do that.
That moment where you, your sibling or your friend realise the need to move from home and become an expat because the economy and the political deadlock erase the prospects of a present there."
To read his full reflections on this Mannheim mural, please visit his Facebook page here.
With thanks to our associate, Charlotte Kaeppel, for introducing us to Halwani's work.