“Clay and Knife” is a collection of sculptures designed to be photographed and disseminated through social media. It was made by Khaled to convey a message and to express a position or event, temporary or continuous, and reach as many people as possible.
The work on this collection began in early 2011, after the expansion of the Arab Spring to Syria, with Khaled’s work entitled “Ahrar Al-Marsam/ Freemen of the atelier.” In describing the work on social media, Khaled wrote” Freemen of the atelier demanding the statues of the world to move to save human mud.” This was a turning point in Khaled’s subsequent work. He continued to explore topics in direct contact with the events in Syria as he realized that art is an important means of expression, that can reach people through social media. Further, it also represents peaceful resistance.
The collection “Clay and Knife” went through several stages. The first was at the Al Bustan Gathering in Damascus 2011-2013, during which period the publication was done through the personal sculptor page.
The second phase, 2013-2014, was in Beirut, through the page “Clay and Knife”, which was created specifically on social networking sites to spread the artworks. It also allowed the work to continue in secret.
The third stage began at Khaled’s arrival in France and continues presently. In this stage, he continues to publish his works on social media. In addition, several photo exhibitions of “Clay and Knife” group have been organized, inside Syria and France.
The “clay and knife” works of the first and second phases have been mostly destroyed due to security reasons.
Khaled has also restored certain works after being destroyed. The most prominent of these works is “Ahrar Al-Marasim/ Freemen of the atelier” (2011), which became the title of “We Chanted for Freedom” 2014.
The social media page allows this artist to connect with people everywhere in the world.