Nov 10, 2016Jan 14, 2017 · Galerie Tanit, Munich

Youssef Abdelké

Bleak and Black

Youssef Abdelke is born in Qamechli, north-east of Syria in 1951.
At 15, he arrived with his family to Damascus.
He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus and graduated in 1976. 

In the late 1970s, Abdelké was arrested for nearly two years because of his political positions.Growing up in a very political family, his work was always permeated by his political agenda. He lived and worked in Paris as from 1981 until his return to Damascus in 2005.
After 25 years of compelled exile and of being forbidden to go back to Syria, it was finally possible for him to go back to Damascus in 2005 and organise a large exhibition there. Since 2010, his Syrian passport was confiscated and he could neither exit the country nor return to France where his wife and daughter live. Youssef Abdelke was arrested in Syria on the 18th of July 2013 by the régime forces, and liberated 5 weeks later on the 22nd of August.

The works of Youssef Abdelke are in a large number of museums and institutions, including The British Museum in London and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. 


Classical Arab Music with the Band Jisr (Bridge)
Ehab Abou Fakhar: Viola
Abathar Kmash: Oud-Lute
Muhsin Ramdan: Percussion & Vocals

 Abathar Kmash & Ehab Abou Fakhir had to flee from their hometown Al-Suweida in Syria in spring 2016.As professionally educated musicians, who had studied at the academy of music in Damascus, they took their instruments, a Viola and an Oud-Lute, with them. After their arrival in munich, they met the morrocan musician Muhsin Ramdan, (vocals, drums) - a fateful encounter. Together, the three musicians founded the trio Jisr, a musical group between orient and occident and quickly developed musical roots. Together with Bavarian artists like Konstantin Wecker, the Martina Eisenreich Quartett, Roman Bunka, the Express-Brass-Band & Embryo, they already gave a lot of concerts.

Their repertoire spans from 11th century compositions to the times of Richard Wagner, from contemporary european music to  syrian and egyptian pieces. They also play music from Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Andalucia and show an impressive dreamlike landscape of classical Arabic music.