Subscribe to ‘Words Of Hope’
Get our emails direct to your Inbox with updates about all our campaigns, trips and events.
15th May 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, when 750,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes in the historic land of Palestine. Under international law, these Palestinians have the right to return to their homes, but 75 years later, they are still waiting.
The Gaza Strip is home to over 2 million people trapped in a small area of just 365 km2. Over 1.4 million of them are descendants of refugees from 1948. To mark this anniversary, we have added eight new remarkable Gazan artists to our On Location gallery.
Each artist has overcome so many hurdles to create these works of incredible beauty and insight. As you study their work and read their biographies, we hope that you will share our excitement at being able to show this work.
Many of these pieces challenge our expectations and remind us of the creativity flourishing in Gaza today. They also allow us to glimpse why, 75 years after the Nakba, promoting Palestinian culture is vital in maintaining Palestinian identity and demanding Palestinian rights.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the creativity and resilience of the Palestinian people.
Director, Amos Trust
At precisely 1am on 16th May 2021, Israeli jets bombarded a densely populated residential area in the centre of Gaza City. Zainab was trapped under the rubble of her apartment block for 12 hours. She lost 22 members of her family in the attack.Zainab Al-Qolaq
Mahmoud uses medicinal blister packs to construct intelligent, sophisticated and meticulous architectural cityscapes. The symbolism of the impact of the ongoing conflict in Gaza and its affect on mental health is profound.Mahmoud Alhaj
“Mohammed’s characters feel anonymous. The figures appear of varying origins — endless and with infinite colour. They are shadow characters with no rights in soil, sea, or sky. The displaced and alienated move through hazy colour spaces as if from a dream.” Shada Al SafadiMohammed Alhaj
There is no beauty or life in these haunting artworks. The buildings have not collapsed. They are defiant and resilient and refuse to fall. They are monuments to injustice and devastation.Maha Daya
“My current work is an echo of my exiled self. The employment of digital windows and messages is emblematic of my artistic method. My screen connects me to the world but detaches me from it.”May Murad
Duaa is a young artist exploring profound and powerful themes in her innovative and imaginative artworks. In her powerful Al-Awda Ice Cream series, Duaa created work relating to an incident in Gaza in 2014 when a government hospital was bombed.Duaa Qishta
Mariam bravely and fiercely creates artworks exploring the practice of Palestinian political prisoners smuggling sperm out of Israeli jails so that their wives can become pregnant.Mariam Salah
These graceful, moving and poetic drawings show tenderness and fragility in the midst of war. Ghostly figures locked in a tender embrace, defiantly looking at the sky in resilience and dignity.Majed Shala
Ahlan Gaza (Welcome Gaza) follows the simple stories of people living in Gaza, people trying to live with dignity as their options close in on them each year.
Watch and share our short campaign film, ‘Open The Borders’.
Stay in touch — sign up to receive regular Palestine email updates.
Please consider becoming a committed giver or making a one-off donation.
Read more about Amos Trust’s work across the West Bank and Gaza.