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Palestinian Struggle Artistically Portrayed in Solo Exhibition “The Future of Disappearance”

Creating illusions, with a sprinkle of magic, can result in wondrous masterpieces of art. Although the Palestinian struggle for freedom is no illusion, Wafa Hourani has mixed these two elements in order to portray this struggle artistically. His latest solo exhibition, The Future of Disappearance, which ended a few days ago, took place in Ramallah, Palestine. There viewers followed his 15 year artistic journey into the lives of the Palestinians and his clever blend of their struggle with monuments of the real world.


In 2013, thirteen sculptures made of rusty metal wires depicted men and women built in life-sized proportions. They stand in the most common posture of Palestinian resistance, in the middle of throwing stones.


One of his latest pieces work on a fictive Darwinian theory, which predicts that Palestinians would grow tall necks in order to adapt to living behind the apartheid wall and to be able to look beyond it.


Pieces of photographs were pasted together to build an image of Qalendia Refugee Camp. Mirrors were placed here and there to provide the inhabitants with the illusion of space- something they hope for bitterly.

Palestinian-Struggle_4The One and Lonely Mosque is a collection of hundreds of  mosques from all over the world pasted together to form this imagery of one mosque, as a symbol of Muslim unity.


For more images of the gallery you can visit this site and delve into Hourani’s world of Palestinian reflection.

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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