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Palestinian Folklore

Nabil Anani


Zawyeh Gallery

2020

acrylic on Canvas

110 x 100cm

 

The patchwork quilt of colours and iconic symbols in this painting carry an overriding message of optimism. The artist, who at age 73, is considered one of the founders of the Palestinian art movement, dedicates himself to capturing the resilient and positive spirit of his people, even in the face of many struggles. The patterns in this artwork resemble the embroidered cross-stitch tradition, which Palestinians have passed down through generations and is a treasured part of communal heritage. Here, the individual squares are animated and are moving to the sound of a strumming oud.

Nabil Anani was born in 1943 in Latroun, Palestine. On graduating in Fine Art from Alexandria University, Egypt in 1969, Anani returned to Palestine and began a career as an artist and a teacher at the UN training college in Ramallah. Anani held his first exhibition in Jerusalem in 1972 and has since exhibited widely in Europe, North America, the Middle East, North Africa and Japan. Anani is a painter, a ceramicist and a sculptor using leather, henna, natural dyes, papier-mâché, wood, beads and copper. Anani was awarded the first Palestinian National Prize for Visual Art in 1997 and became the Head of the League of Palestinian Artists in 1998. After retiring from his teaching post in 2003, Anani has dedicated much of his time to voluntary pastimes, leading on the League’s activities and playing a key role in the establishment of the first International Academy of Fine Art in Palestine – with the assistance of the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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