Oussama Diab

Damascus, 1977

Palestinian artist Oussama Diab, who quickly gained rank within the Middle Eastern art scene, applies a conceptual approach to painting by exploiting stylistic variants as emotive prompts in order to explore how form can articulate the urgency of sociopolitical issues. “Obligatory migration turned me into a more anxious being in this new world. My memories are stronger now, and my heart is still there. Today more than ever I’ve become unknown to myself. Faces I’ve left behind appear to me every day before I sleep. Here, my memory is getting stronger remembering all the details of these faces.”