These are pictures of my first pieces of work this year. I have been obsessivly collecting information from ANYWHERE I can about the Middle East and the problems, occupation, wars and pain that is going on there. Whether it be social media sites, newspaper articles, news channels (although take everything mentioned on there with a pinch of salt) and anywhere else I can read/ watch something about it all.
They were done in response to notes I wrote down, after having a long day, a few hours to sit outside alone and think, and let my brain and word-vomit flow onto paper. I was furious and inspired and created these inspired by the thoughts I had jotted down.
This is the piece by Shadi Al Zaqzouq
(a Palestinian) that stopped me in my tracks in Dismaland. I stood silent on my own for a few minutes, staring and processing the power of this oil painting mounted in a tire. I explained what the piece said to friends I had gone with, and others standing close by overheard and became intrigued; realising what the true meaning of the painting was about. The writing on the underwear the unidentifiable bruised and battered girl is holding up, says “get away from me” aimed at a male pronoun.
The power this piece had; with such a simple way of portraying it, is what has really inspired me to do the same thing in my work this year. I want to make people think and FEEL something. I want them to know the truth.
Never before have I been so upset and angered by the situation in the Middle East, the way I am now.
It makes me furious, my previous work in Uni has always been about things that resinate and really pull at my heart strings; anything to do with home. Growing up in the Middle East has given me a completely different view of life and having moved here to study, I can compare and split the two completely. I find it shocking the way the media portray the news; the ones they do actually bother giving some TV time to that is.
After a visit to Banksys famous Dismaland, I felt inspired and wanted to be able to give my work the ‘umph’ and power that some of the pieces that spoke to me there. I felt like I needed to try my best to give my work a personal meaning and to be able to successfully portray my frustration about the occupation and terrors going on.
The finger is always pointed at the Palestinians for being “offensive” and “aggressive”, throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers; but if we are honest here, how is it okay to fire from a tank “in self defence” from a 7 year old boy throwing a rock?
Why don’t we re-ask that question, why are they throwing rocks? Why is the world silent about the OCCUPATION of the Palestinians in their HOME land.
I don’t get it. I’m fed up.