Assad, the Syrian dictator, portrayed as a Gangster Rapper

Assad, the Syrian dictator, portrayed as a Gangster Rapper
Isabel del Rio

Assad, the Syrian dictator, has just been portrayed as a “Gangster Rapper” by the artist Pete Kirill.

Pete Kirill is very well known in Yareah for his series “The Dictator Hall of Fame”. A series where he paints famous dictators from different cultures as American Pop icons.

MC Assad – Thug Life, by Pete Kirill

Assad. MC Assad - Thug Life, by Pete Kirill

Assad. MC Assad – Thug Life, by Pete Kirill

Bashar al–Assad was born in Damascus in 1965. He is the second son of Syria late president Hafez al–Assad and studied medicine in Syria and Great Britain. At that time, his dream was to be a doctor. However, in 1994, his eldest brother died in a car accident and he had to leave that dream to enroll the army and become colonel soon.

On June 10, 2000, his father died too and ten days later, Assad was elected president through a public referendum. Now, the old dreams were far, really far, because the country was in a situation that needed a strong practical ruler: economic recession, corruption, problems with Lebanon and Israel, quarrels with Turkey… the legendary tales of Orient were now covert by petrol and wars.

Influenced by his Western education, he started to restore freedom of speech and to spread mobiles and internet throughout the country. But every year, political liberalization ran slowly… Assad ‘power ring’ was turning him in a cruel dictator, with nods to Saddam Hussein.

In 2011, Assad told the Wall Street Journal that he considered himself “anti-Israel” and “anti-West”, and that because of this he wasn’t in danger of being overthrown.

Assad. MC Assad - Thug Life by Pete Kirill

Assad. MC Assad – Thug Life by Pete Kirill

About his actions during the last times, we aren’t going to write. Sometimes an image is better than a thousand words, and we have this image. The artist Pete Kirill has sent to Yareah magazine his new artwork, titled, MC Assad – Thug Life.

This painting depicts the Syrian dictator as a “gangster rapper,” drawing parallels between dictator worship and celebrity idolization.

Gangster rappers glorify violence with their lyrics, while Assad does it through the action of killing his own people.

Enjoy also Muammar Jackson by Pete Kirill:

and his portrait of Kim John-il

Pete Kirill bio:

Pete Kirill was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1974. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a concentration in Fine Art and Design. Kirill began a three-year collaboration with music collective Sin Palabras based in Havana in 2000, drawn from club-inspired techno and timba (Cuban salsa) influences. Kirill’s immersion within a Communist state prompted a continued, focused visual study of infamous dictators and their accompanying cults of personality. Kirill’s first solo exhibition was held at Myra Galleries, Miami in October 2011. Kirill lives and works in Miami.


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