The Untold Story
by Entisar Mohannayeh
This work appears in Khabar Keslan Issue 2. PASSAGE
I believe that everyone has a dark side, but most won’t acknowledge it. My paintings depict cropped details of women in unusual situations where they seem to be distraught, terrified and tortured. The devil features in my work as the symbol of evil and darkness, characteristic of the chaos caused by human beings.
I focus on the harsh reality of life, a response seen through the characters populating my works and their surroundings. They are more than just subjects. Each face has a story to be interpreted by the viewer themselves.
Born in the UK in 1995, but raised in Syria, Entisar Mohannayeh only returned to London in 2011. She is currently studying Fashion Illustration at the London College of Fashion. In parallel to her education, Mohannayeh is an avid gamer who is visually driven by video games such as Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War, and Dishonored. This aesthetic stimulation is combined with an emotional response to the situation in Syria. Damascus had initially influenced her work with the positivity of its beauty, security, and religious harmony; however, after the conflict and the flight it precipitated, Mohannayeh’s work darkened as a result of a damaged urban landscape and a deracinated history.