Syrian born and US based artist, Mohamad Hafez, travelled to a refugee camp in Sweden when he heard that his brother-in-law was there in 2014. Since 2004, Hafez has been creating replicas of his hometown as a way of coping with homesickness and expressing his identity and heritage. But after hearing his family’s experience of the war, the landscapes of his art changed to represent the destruction that had occurred.
When talking about his piece His Majesty’s Throne he makes very clear that it is not a direct critique on the Syrian government, because in Syria you learn never to talk about politics or give any critiques. Rather it is a critique and response to the anti-Muslim movement around the world and a depiction of dictatorship in general that does not have any sympathy toward its people.