The Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, who hit the headlines last year when he was beaten up by security police over cartoons that were critical of the Assad regime, has an exhibition at the Mica Gallery, Sloane Square, London, this week.
He told the BBC: “The uprising has redefined art in Syria. It’s exposed the gulf between real artists and mercenaries in the pay of the state. Most – many of them my colleagues – have failed that test. It’s changed what Syrians see as art.”
Read the full interview here.
Cartoon © Ali Ferzat