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It is estimated that more that a quarter of a million people have died, and eleven million are displaced in what is now five years of civil war in Syria with no end in sight. With the well-documented dispossession and death, however, comes creative reinterpretation of the war-torn landscape and the deadly tools that deliver this destruction. Artist Akram Abu al-Fawz collects remnants of weaponry and transforms them into objects of art, adorning them with arabesque motifs and perhaps rendering them less dangerous symbols.

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White Soldier, a performance art concept from Yuda Braun, a former Israeli soldier, who with his colleagues between 2009 and 2013, dressed head to foot in battle gear rendered in pure white, patrolling Israeli-Palestinian cities and neighborhoods invoking self-examination and confrontation from observers.

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"He wrote about me, about you, about Palestine, about al-Birwa, about the occupation, about the victims, and he wrote about human beings," says one of the interviewees in Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuhin's documentary about Mahmoud Darwish, Write Down, I Am an Arab — winner of the Audience Award at Doc Aviv Film Festival, 2014. Learn more about Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuhin here.

Alaa Wardi is a Saudi recording artist based in Riyadh. His entire YouTube channel is devoted to his music and you can learn more about him on his website.

Someone in Israel has taken it upon themselves to write the names of Palestinians killed in Gaza on walls in the town of Beersheva to remind Israelis that those killed are not part of a collective evil, but instead individuals fulfilling roles in their communities and families. Additionally, someone going by NamesOnWalls has photographed the names and published them on Tumblr. You can read more about this on the Daily Jewish Forward as well as The Christian Science Monitor, and see more images of the names of Gaza victims on Tumblr.

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French filmmaker-documentarian, Yann Rineau, created this short documentary about calligrapher, Hassan Massoudy. You can see more of Sayeed Massoudy's work on Facebook.