Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Written in stones

Man at work

The Syrian migrant and sculptor Nizar Ali Badr is a bit of a mystery
and one which I'm not having much luck solving.

No one seems to know exactly where he came from nor indeed his
present whereabouts.  His last known address was 
Lattaquie in Syria.

The only discernible fact seems to be that he reflects his life and
circumstances through his work and that his story is told with
very plain, ordinary old stones like you'd pick up on the beach.

I'm not even sure if this is really his true identity as the more I
delve the more the name Jabal Safoon crops up as well.  Are they
one and the same person?  I really don't know.

But what really is apparent is that the stones speak to him and
then he, in turn, speaks to us through them.  And its quite a
tale - peope, love, children, joy but also sadness, war,
death and exile.  Nizar Ali - his life in stones.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting stone work. Wish you knew more about his history. Sharon F