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When words fail, art speaks

In 2012 a UN report stated that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. The report was written before the 50 days of conflict, destruction and bombardment that was Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and the missile exchanges in May/June 2021.

The ferocity of war and destruction experienced by Palestinians living in Gaza is truly horrifying. The terror of nightly bombings and the daily reality of living in an environment of destruction with limited access to electricity, fresh drinking water and basic commodities, is unimaginable.

Amos Trust is privileged to have been developing links and building relationships with the visual arts community in Gaza since 2015. On Location is our new project, which will promote, support and celebrate the power, resilience and vibrancy of the artistic community living and working under siege in Gaza today. For now, this means an online exhibition. But, at some point, we hope to be able to show the work ‘in real life.

The project seeks to introduce the broafer international community to the leading visual artists of the region and to explore the motivations, frustrations and realities of being a visual artist in Gaza.

The Zimbabwean curator, Raphael Chikukwa, stated, “when words fail, art speaks.” We hope that On Location will provide an additional platform and opportunity for the artists of Gaza to speak to the world.

James Walmsley
Project Curator

Artists: Alphabetically by surname

Mohamed Abusal

@mabusal

“Mohamed Abusal’s artistic projects are ‘daring, critical and scathing comments on what is deemed permissible in terms of technology and civilisation in Gaza today.”

Mohamed Abusal

Mohamed Abusal

4 September 2021: Home Studio, Al-Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip

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We will carry our dreams until we land safely.
2021

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If you love us, ride with us.
2021

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Abu Ghali, Tall Al-Sultan, Rafah City.
From A Metro in Gaza series.

2011

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Wadi-Gaza Station, Bureij area.
From A Metro in Gaza series.
2011

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Heaven and Hell
Solid sign series.
2006

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Kamal Saloon
Shambar series
2014

Mohammed Al Hawajri

@hawajriart

“Violence is not limited to a place, a religion or a race but is inside the hearts of human beings.”

Mohammed Al Hawajri

Mohammed Al Hawajri

24 August 2021: Home Studio, Al-Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip

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Longing Heart
30x20x5cm

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The Heart of Gaza
70x70cm

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The Path of Pain
100x100cm

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Mona Lisa Palestine
100x100cm

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The Card Players
195x75cm

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The Potato Eaters
195x75cm

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The Red Carpet
100x70cm

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Identity Theft
50x70cm

Ruqaia Alulu

“...a dream that could make a heart tremble… a dream of Palestine.”

Ruqaia Alulu

Ruqaia Alulu

12 August 2021: Home Studio, Al-Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip

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Untitled
60x60cm

2020

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Untitled
60x60cm

2020

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Untitled
60x60cm

2020

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Untitled
60x60cm

2020

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Untitled
60x60cm

2020

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Untitled
60x120cm

2018

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Untitled
70x70cm

2018

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Untitled
100x100cm

2018

Raed Issa

@raed.issa.art

“My artworks are visual stories to present the collective memory of Palestinians expelled from the villages and towns of Palestine.”

Raed Issa

Raed Issa

22 August 2021: Art Studio, Gaza City

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Child Sleeping On Suitcase 
100x100cm
2015

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War Over
100 x 100cm
2015

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Freedom
200 x 200cm
2020

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Revolution
2019

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Birth Certificate
7x7x3cm
2019

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Razan
4x5x3cm
2019

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No Seeing
100x100cm
2015

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Cry
8 x 5 x 4cm
2019

Dina Mattar

@mattardena

“My paintings represent the world we were left with after the war which destroyed every aspect of our lives and reduced all that is beautiful to ashes.”

Dina Mattar

Dina Mattar

24 August 2021: Home Studio, Al-Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip

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Attack on Gaza
160x80cm

2010

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Attack on Gaza 
100x100cm

2012

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Noah’s Ark
200x200cm

2010

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Khadra 
150x150cm

2020

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Long Live Women 
200x130cm

2019

Malak Mattar

@malak_mattar_artist

“I have this feeling that everything I do will live longer than me, than everyone.”

Malak Mattar

Malak Mattar

6 September 2021: Art Studio, Al-Remal, Gaza City

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When Family Is The Only Shelter
80x80cm

2021

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When The World Sleeps
80x60cm

2020

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Women Sleeping
80x60cm

2020

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You And I
80x60cm

2021

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In Love
100x80cm

2021

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Mother Nature
100x70cm

2021

Majdal Nateel

@majdalnateel

“Majdal’s paintings are a profound visual translation of loss and trauma and its impact on the human soul.”

Majdal Nateel

Majdal Nateel

1 September 2021: Art Studio, Gaza City

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Untitled
95 x 109cm
2020

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Untitled
90 x 104cm
2020

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Untitled
83 x 93cm
2020

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Untitled
74 x 70cm
2020

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Untitled
90 x 104cm
2020

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Untitled
94 x 110cm
2020

Shareef Sarhan

@shareef_photo_art

“To take that which has been destroyed and to turn it into a literal ‘beacon’ of hope is very powerful.”

Shareef Sarhan

Shareef Sarhan

4 September 2021: Art Studio, Gaza City

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Untitled
40x40cm

2019

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Untitled
53x39cm

2021

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Untitled
30x38cm

2021

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Untitled
53x39cm

2021

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Gaza Lighthouse
2020

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