Obituaries News Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian sculptor reported tortured and killed

Body of Wael Kaston returned to family after prison detention

Wael Kaston

The Syrian sculptor Wael Kaston is believed to have been tortured to death in a secret prison in Homs, western Syria, according to the US-based, non-profit Syrian Expatriates Organization. His body was returned to his family from a military hospital in Homs. His funeral was held earlier this month in Marmarita, north-western Syria, where Kaston was born in 1966. Many inhabitants are reported to have attended the ceremony, dressed in mourning.

Kaston’s work centred on expressing the “freedom of women”, according to a report by Al Arabiya news. The Syrian Expatriates Organisation quoted an interview with the artist in which he explained his preference for mud and wood as materials over stone. "The first is the human-being, because we emerge from mud and will end in mud; and the wood because it is the closest to us, born gently, reach adolescence vigorously, die wisely.”

Kaston showed in galleries in Homs and Marmarita. He leaves a wife and two sons.

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