An Underground Tunnel In Syria Has Been Transformed Into An Art Gallery

BY Katrina Kufer / Sep 20 2018 / 19:55 PM

Your first look inside the Militant Tunnel Turns Art Gallery

An Underground Tunnel In Syria Has Been Transformed Into An Art Gallery
Images courtesy RUPTLY, Berlin/Ammar Safarjalani
Screenshot from a video depicting artists transforming the former militant tunnel

On the eastern edge of Damascus, a tunnel dug by Takfiri terrorists in the town of Jobar under a school has transformed into a small art gallery following liberation by the Syrian army. The network of tunnels running several kilometres at a depth of nine metres underground was used to connect underground militant field hospitals and bases.

Tunnel sculpture in former militant passageway in Syria

Numerous figures in the wider Middle Eastern region have continuously expressed that arts and culture are torchbearers for change, and echoing that, the space has now been decorated by a small group of artists. The process took 25 days.

The tunnel in Syria formerly occupied by extremist groups

The sculptures and carvings put in place depict the Syrian army in its counterterrorism efforts, as well as interpretations of the ancient and modern history of the nation. In light of a time of ongoing conflict, the independent initiative and focus on arts and positivity has been commended by higher government figures, who have visited the new art space.