For the Love of Damascus, 2018

In her 2018 collection of works titled ‘For the Love of Damascus’ Yasmin Hayat aims to dispel the negative stigma surrounding Syria, its people and culture. Taking inspiration from contemporary Syrian poets such as Qabbani and Adunis, Yasmin Hayat changes the narrative by celebrating the beauty of her heritage through paintings which showcase Syrian monuments, landscape and folklore.

Yasmin Hayat has spent the last three years researching the now forgotten practise of Arabic miniature painting. Using imagery and techniques influenced by these early paintings, Yasmin Hayat creates work which reminds us of a Syria rife with literature, culture and art.

For the love of Damascus

For the love of Damascus

Azam Palace

Azam Palace

Spice Market (Souq al-Bizuryyah)

Spice Market (Souq al-Bizuryyah)

Come to the Jasmine

Come to the Jasmine

The dogs of Ashabe-Kahf

The dogs of Ashabe-Kahf

Genie of Palmyra

Genie of Palmyra

Flowers of Damascus

Flowers of Damascus

12 Fold Ummayad Geometry

12 Fold Ummayad Geometry

Blue Biomorph

Blue Biomorph