Tammam Azzam Works | Bio
Syrian, b. 1980
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Tammam Azzam is known for creating powerful paintings, collages and digital composite works that depict destroyed buildings in his native Syria. Already a successful painter, Azzam relocated to Dubai, and later Germany, following the outbreak of violence in 2011.
In his recent Paper and Storeys series (both 2016), Tammam creates collages and works on canvas that communicate the magnitude of devastation experienced across Syria through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. These monumental canvases are dominated by startling imagery of war-torn buildings reduced to rubble and displaced figures against a barren background. The artist’s depictions are a meditation on rebuilding a destroyed reality through imagery; in chronicling the current state of his homeland, Azzam delves into a cathartic exercise of reconstruction.
Azzam received his BFA from the University of Damascus, Syria in 2001. He has contributed to large-scale international exhibitions such as the FUU-Street Art Festival, Sarajevo (2015); Vancouver Biennale, where he was in residence (2014); FotoFest Biennial (2014), Houston; Dak’Art: Biennial of Contemporary African Art, Dakar (2014); Alexandria Biennale (2014); and the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2013). In recent years, Azzam has participated in solo and group exhibitions at such venues as City Museum of Odenburg, Germany (2017); FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2016); Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Germany (2016); Columbia University, New York (2016); Banksy’s Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare, UK (2015); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015) and Busan Museum of Art, Seoul (2014). In 2016, Azzam received an artist fellowship at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmonhost, Germany.