Hallowed Be Thy Name: History, Beauty, and Legacy of Syria’s Endangered Christian Communities
Photographs by Jason Hamacher
Opening reception: Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Show runs through May 1
On view daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
'Hallowed Be Thy Name' depicts the artist’s first two trips to Syria in 2006 and 2007 and his time with the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrihim, who was abducted by terrorists on April 22, 2013. This exhibition of photographs marks the third year of Bishop Yohanna’s abduction and highlights Syria’s endangered Christian communities through its documentation of important historical sites that have since been damaged or destroyed in the Syrian civil war. Seeing these beautiful traditions, places and communities that were formative in the Early Church’s flourishing helps to contextualize the anger, fear and frustration felt by the displaced and persecuted, and serves as a reminder to the sanctity of life and faith.
As the son of a Southern Baptist preacher, Jason Hamacher’s passion for the arts started early when he began playing drums at the age of ten, performed in his first concert at fourteen, and recorded his first album at seventeen. His professional efforts are shaped by his passion, motivation, vision, and energy. Hamacher is founder and director of Washington D.C. based Lost Origin Productions with the mission to explore the past to change the future.
From 2005 to 2010, Hamacher was granted unprecedented access to the city of Aleppo. He went to document ancient religious traditions and, inadvertently, captured the apex of Syria’s modernization before the eruption of civil war. Hamacher’s combination of photography, sound, and personal experience of Syria offers an unparalleled immersion into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Hamacher’s adventurous spirit, passion for people, and love of culture earned him the trust of Syrians across all socio-economic classes, allowing him to truly capture the essence of the Syrian landscape and its people.
Hamacher’s efforts contribute to the international conversation on Syria with frequent speaking engagements and television, radio, and print appearances. He has recently spoken at United Nations Geneva, Great St. Mary’s Church Cambridge (UK), Armenian Museum and Library of the United States and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; and appeared on NPR, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, and CBC’s Q.
He has written for the Washington Post and addressed the United Nations about the state of Syria and his experiences documenting the communities there and is currently working on a book 'Aleppo, Syria: Witness to an Ancient Legacy'. He is an internationally recognized musician, photographer, writer and public speaker with his work taking him around the globe. Hamacher is opening a Lost Origins gallery in Washington D.C. and continues to play drums in the bands Regents and Zealot.
For more information, please visit: http://lostorigins.com/