Indirect artworks related to the separation wall in occupied Palestine: Analytical study

Heneini, Faraj R.A. and Basaree, Ruzaika Omar (2018) Indirect artworks related to the separation wall in occupied Palestine: Analytical study. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 26 (3). pp. 1685-1696. ISSN 0128-7702

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The Israeli occupation in Palestine led to a huge wall being built to separate the West Bank from other Palestinian territories, causing devastating consequences on the life of Palestinians in all aspects. As a means of resistance against the occupation and the destruction of the wall, Palestinian artists depict various images of different genre of art on the wall. Several foreign artists also participate in the demonstration to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and to display the Palestinians’ sufferings to the world. These works of art are called ‘direct artwork’. Many Palestinian, Arab and foreign artists have produced similar artwork, but not directly on the separation wall; such artwork is called ‘indirect artwork’. This paper aims to analyse several examples of artwork that were displayed in the period from 2002 to 2015. These examples were selected because they participated in international exhibitions and competitions and were awarded prizes and high ratings. Some of them use visual and printed media. This article combines the works produced using different media in a single study to discuss their collective contribution to the Palestinian cause. The analytical approach was utilised to analyse the selected artworks. The analyses indicated that the indirect artistic works make a significant contribution to the Palestinian resistance against the occupation in general and the construction of the separation wall in particular. The artists have creatively presented their work, which mimic the separation wall by showing the wall in its real and original grey colour, shape and size. The indirect artistic works send political messages through the lens of culture and modernisation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Basaree, Ruzaika Omar. Visual Arts Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, Lembah Pantai, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indirect artwork; Israeli occupation; Separation wall
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 05:51
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 05:51

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