Art

“I draw for Gaza”: the defiant art of Haneen Nofal News Roundup
Rawan Yaghi, The Electronic Intifada

“I draw for Gaza”: the defiant art of Haneen Nofal

Haneen Ibrahim Nofal posted a striking image on the Internet while Israel was bombing her native Gaza in July. The drawing depicted a young woman wearing a kufiyyeh — the Palestinian checkered scarf — on her head and smiling proudly while touching a crown. The crown was in the shape of the Arabic word for “resistance,” muqawama. The timing was potent and, despite the horrors then befalling Gaza, offered some hope.

about 1 week ago
Palestinian women sew for change: Artisan heritage as cultural and economic empowerment tool News Roundup
Shirabe Yamada, Mondoweiss

Palestinian women sew for change: Artisan heritage as cultural and economic empowerment tool

When I first came to Palestine, my impressions were dominated by the harsh reality of oppression, violence, and poverty. Then I fell in love with Palestine’s beauty, which was in a stark and surprising contrast to my initial perception. The beauty was in the landscape, seasons’ bounties, artisan work and the people who create them.

about 1 week ago
Remnants of war become art in Gaza News Roundup
The Times of Israel/AFP

Remnants of war become art in Gaza

Four flower vases adorn the living room of Hossam al-Dabbus’s home. Initially inconspicuous, a closer look reveals they are made of Israeli tank shells collected by war-scarred Gazans. The refugee camp dweller has picked through the rubble of the coastal strip to turn the remains of a conflict, that killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians — of whom Israel says up to 1,000 were combatants — and 72 Israelis, into objects of art.

about 3 weeks ago
Watch: Gaza artists respond to Israel’s war News Roundup
Linda Paganelli, The Electronic Intifada

Watch: Gaza artists respond to Israel’s war

Israel’s bombing in Gaza this summer killed 2,131 Palestinians and destroyed or severely damaged 18,000 housing units, according to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA. Artists’ responses to war can give direct, personal testimony to historic events. Mohammed Al Hawajri, Raed Issa and Dina Matar, members of a group for contemporary art in the Gaza Strip called Eltiqa, reflect on life in time of war.

about 3 weeks ago
Gallery: Loss is loss. Pain has no nation News Roundup
TED Ideas

Gallery: Loss is loss. Pain has no nation

“Nothing replaces the loss of a son, not even another son.” Those are the haunting words of Safia Abo Zour, a Palestinian woman whose four-year-old died in a 2011 airstrike in Gaza. In a portrait by photojournalist Eman Mohammed, Zour has one hand wrapped around her five-month-old; in her other hand, she holds the sweater that her older son wore the last time he went to kindergarten.

on September 24, 2014
Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression News Roundup
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Human Rights Organization: Israel Targeted Intellectual Property during Aggression

Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights said on Tuesday that Israel deliberately targeted intellectual property during its recent onslaught on Gaza. A special report issued by the center said museums, old neighborhoods, educational facilities, historical and archeological sites and worship locations were bombarded by Israel, constituting a grave violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime punishable before international courts.

on September 16, 2014
Palestinians exercising the artistic right of return News Roundup
Creede Newton, Middle East Eye

Palestinians exercising the artistic right of return

This past weekend, artists, musicians and activists attended a workshop in Kufr Birim, a Palestinian village of beautiful, ruined stoned homes destroyed by Israel in 1953, five years after its establishment. The name of the group responsible for the gathering is named Insiyab, Arabic for “flowing with intuition.”

on September 11, 2014
Personal Essay: The storytellers of Ramallah News Roundup
Shebana Coelho, Al Jazeera America

Personal Essay: The storytellers of Ramallah

I went to Palestine to work with young students of Ramallah-based Ashtar Theatre. Over five weeks, we wrote together in creativity workshops and I documented their international youth theater festival. What struck me and what has lingered is how they are both scarred by al-Ehtelal, the Israeli occupation, and also animated to resist it. They call it their “cause” and they wear it and drink it, sleep it and sing it, speak it and shout it, and as young theater artists, they act, embody and transform it.

on August 24, 2014
Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Photo Essays
Art Forces, the Estria Foundation, and NorCal Friends of Sabeel

Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural

The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians.

on August 13, 2014