“The uprising has redefined art in Syria,” he says. “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.
“There’s a new revolutionary art in what people have been writing and drawing and singing in the protests - true to the pulse of the street. It’s unleashed a new creativity among ordinary people - allowing them to speak and express themselves in ways they never could before.”