Lina received a creation grant in partnership with L’Atelier des Artistes en Exil.
What is your artistic background?
I started drawing when I was a child, then I did a foundation course in art in order to start at art school. I started by studying ceramics and I graduated in Syria. Then I went on to become a scenographer, and graduated from the Institute of Dramatic Art in Damascus. There I participated in several group exhibitions (of ceramics and scenography). I also worked as a costume designer and set designer in theatres and on film shoots. In 2010, I came to France to do a Master's degree in theatre studies. I showed in a group exhibition in England in 2011. I produced practically nothing between 2011 and 2017, I had neither the space nor the time. It was instead a moment of research and reflection. In 2017, with the opening of the workshop for artists in exile, I started to create again. Since then, I have exhibited in the showcases of the Ministry of Culture at the Palais Royal and the Palais de la Porte Dorée, I have made puppets for a stop-motion film project, continued with scenography, done art performances in public…
How do you see your profession today?
I'm still in a period of research, collecting information, news, memories... I have the feeling that I'm still searching and need to enrich myself personally. I see art as a way of testing my personal questions and expressing them. I evolve at the same time as my art, I want to combine the arts that I master, I want to be able to combine art and humanitarianism. For me, art is a tool for expression, for preservation, the possibility of making immaterial things tangible (a memory, a feeling...). It is something that can touch everyone, even those who don't practise it. I do it first of all for myself and then for the public.
How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?
I'm waiting for life's surprises. Creative moments are surprises for me, I can't wait to see what surprises life has in store for me. I don't have to stop because I don't know what I will be able to produce in 10 years.
This interview was conducted in 2018
Photo credit: Céline Anaya Gautier