In this painting, a ragged, tired Trump cradles a sleeping child in one arm. The 71-year-old man no longer has the air of the aloof CEO, so fond of firing people. Instead, he looks like a dad — the kind of dad who’d go hungry just to make sure his kid goes to sleep with a full stomach.
The kind of dad you might find in a group of refugees.
The picture is part of “The Vulnerability Series,” a collection of paintings by Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari.
In the series, Al Omari, a refugee himself, imagines what Obama, Putin, Trump, and other world leaders would look like if they were refugees.
These are not the distant, untouchable, and unknowable politicians you are used to. They look smaller, more vulnerable. It’s that vulnerability Al Omari wanted to highlight, using their tired eyes and obvious plight to return their humanity back to them.
Al Omari’s images bring a powerful message.