Syria Curtain

Elisabeth Haarr
2 min
Year: 2013



While war rages in Syria, ordinary people attempt to survive.  

They have to run errands and buy food for their families, but civilians have also become targets in this gruesome war, and snipers lie in wait on the rooftops along the streets of Aleppo.  

To protect themselves, Aleppo’s citizens hang up large curtains to hide behind as they move around the city.

Most of these anti-sniper curtains are made by the women of Aleppo.  

They tack together whatever pieces of fabric they have at home – sheets, curtains, towels. 

Stories from Aleppo made a strong impression on the Norwegian artist Elisabeth Haarr, and when she created Syria Curtain in 2013, it was both an anti-war protest and a tribute to innate human goodness.  

Haarr wanted to show that we humans will do what we can to protect our loved ones and our neighbours – and that we will show compassion and love for each other even in the most desperate situations.

Ever since the start of her career in the 1970s, Elisabeth Haarr has advocated working with textiles as an art form. Her work has always had a strong political engagement, particularly in relation to women’s rights.