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.