Omar Imam (Damascus, 1979) is an Amsterdam-based, Syrian photographer and video artist. In his photographic works, Imam uses irony and a conceptual approach to respond to the violent situation in Syria. After leaving Damascus in late 2012, he began making fictional short films and he often has to publish his work under a pseudonym. Imam’s photographs vacillate between mundane documents and utterly inconceivable dreams. His project “Live, Love, Refugee” has been shown in 14 countries around the world.
In “Live, Love, Refugee” Omar dissolves the recurrent representation of Syrian refugees by replacing numbers, reports, and statistics with hallucinations, fears, and dreams. He asks them to recreate their dreams: dreams of escape, dreams of emasculation, and dreams of love and terror. Sparse and surrealistic, the resulting images evoke the deepest and darkest inner worlds of those persisting everyday with their roots stretching further from a home left behind.