Abdalla Al Omari, a Syrian artist has depicted Donald Trump and 10 other world leaders as refugees in his new series of paintings titled “The Vulnerability Series”, currently on display in the United Arab Emirates.
Abdalla Al Omari who has refugee status in Belgium, says his own experience with displacement inspired the creation of his new body of work.
“I wanted to imagine how all these powerful leaders in the world would look if they were in our shoes.”
In another painting entitled The Queue, a seemingly endless line of people waiting for food, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and former US President Barack Obama, is depicted.
The media, he says, focuses on the numbers of refugees but neglects the personal stories behind these figures.
“When you know the personal story of someone, you connect with them,” says Al-Omari.
The refugee crisis has claimed the lives of thousands, most notably Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015. Despite this and other high-profile deaths, little has been done to change the situation.
*The Power of Vulnerability* runs until July 6 at The Ayyam Gallery in Dubai.