Paintings by refugees at the Agency for Artists in Exile in northern Paris. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zoe Tabary
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In a bright white room in a building north of Paris, Syrian musician Karam al-Zouhir impatiently clicks a mouse as he presses his headphones against his ears.Giving artists from countries such as Syria, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo the chance to continue their work and rebuild their lives was the reason that former theater managers Ariel Cypel and Judith Depaule set up the Agency for Artists in Exile earlier this year.With funding from the Paris authorities and a 1,000-square-meter space the size of four tennis courts provided by French charity Emmaus Solidarite, artists need only pay a token 1 euro a year to work there, Cypel explained.Cypel knows the workspace may not last forever.
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