Today, we are living dire times of conflict, war and human misery in our region. Countries, communities and families are torn apart; the fundamental values of safety, dignity and morality are put in question every day. Some experience despair and defeatism, others frustration and anger. Many will question the priority to talk about arts and culture in such context. We at AFAC will continue to state our continued belief in the relevance of supporting Arab artists today to challenge the status quo, confront extremism, document and communicate about the events of our past and present and help us imagine a better future.
Oussama Rifahi, August 2014