Artists Capture the Loss of Palestine and Mass Expulsion of Palestinians in First-Ever Exhibit of Its Kind
Washington, DC--Expressions of Nakba, an international multi-media art exhibit opened in Washington, D.C. on May 13. The exhibit will tour several U.S. cities over the coming year and is complemented by the May 15th launch of a Virtual Gallery of artworks at: http://www.expressionsofnakba.org. The exhibit features works that represent the loss of Palestinian homes and their homeland when the state of Israel was established in 1948, and depicts Palestinian resilience 60 years later.
than 300 professional, amateur and student artists from 16 countries
competed for awards in five categories: visual arts, written word,
poster design, audio, and video. An
international jury of 17 distinguished artists, writers and filmmakers
selected the best works in each category for exhibition and awards.
"I was impressed by the diverse range of artistic submissions. We
selected the most compelling pieces for the exhibition, and they range
from a portrait of a boy doing somersaults in front of a mural of
occupied villages from an artist in France to a series of dramatic and
very symbolic images from 'Stateless in Jordan'," said visual arts
juror Rania Matar, an award-winning documentary photographer born and
raised in the Middle East. "These works portray the survival of the
human spirit in the face of unspeakable loss," she added.
Exhibit Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Palestinian "Nakba"
The "Expressions of Nakba" exhibit memorializes the 60th
anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for "catastrophe"), which refers to
the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and homeland in
1948 when Israel
was established. In worldwide commemorations, some 10 million
Palestinians will mourn the homes and properties, towns and cities that
were taken from them. Today, more than 4 million registered
Palestinian refugees are denied the same right to return accorded to
other refugee populations.
proud to participate in this competition and exhibit which presents not
only world-class art, but also the opportunity for people to learn
about the Nakba" said Hungarian-born artist Ildiko Toth, living in Portland, Oregon, who was awarded the best poster design. "Growing up, I learned a lot about the Holocaust and about Israel.
But through this exhibition, I hope Americans will also understand the
Palestinian tragedy. Only when we can put ourselves in Palestinian
shoes, and when we're really able to imagine what losing our home would
mean, can we understand what it will take for Palestinians and Israelis
to achieve peace." she added. Toth's husband is Palestinian and
currently resides in Gaza, unable to leave for the past year due to Israel's blockade of Gaza.
Expressions of Nakba is sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (www.endtheoccupation.org).