Dismaland; the start.

IMG_4150    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.


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