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Ants Work

Ruba Salameh


Zawyeh Gallery

2005

Acrylic on Canvas

D. 120cm

This work was made at the beginning of the artist’s exploration into using ants as a medium to express herself. The small insects later appear inside her paintings as representative of indigenous populations, resilient and surviving in the face of displacement. This geometric piece comprises thousands of hand-painted ants in a precise pattern. Perhaps, like calm waters before a stone is thrown in, this piece represents the Palestinian people prior to diaspora.



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