Palestine’s Cultural History, in Sand

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a series of them should encapsulate an entire history.  In homes, in public spaces, artwork tied to a specific region tells residents and tourists what words sometimes can’t, because you don’t need to know a foreign language to understand its images.  It’s that commonality that makes Bassam, Gaza’s only sand artist, all the more powerful, because his paintings of indigenous Palestine, when people of all faiths lived peacefully together, reminds us that it’s not land entitlement that makes a country, but common grounds and shared cultures.

Watch this video of his work:


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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth B1 years ago

thank for sharing

Beverly G.
bev g5 years ago

IS very clever. We have a sand artist in the Dorset in the UK for many , many, many years he has been doing on the sands. Statues of everything, every year is diffrent. he has a gud talent he has been blessed with. Its wonderful to look at.

Beth S.
Beth S5 years ago

Oh, I thought people were walking around in Gaza with swollen bellies from starvation. I thought it took money to commission art works.

Ernie Miller
william M5 years ago


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Allena Tyrrell5 years ago

Yes its very good relief mural artwork, however I had always thought that traditional arabic visual art from that region was abstract, or semi abstact. This is representational style if fairly new or is it? The Israeli artists often do work in a similar manner.

Jennifer H.
Jennifer Ho5 years ago

it's fixed, I can hear it now

Jennifer H.
Jennifer Ho5 years ago

I cant get the sound portion to play? anybody else??

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

Thank you. Very beautiful art.

Linda Tonner
Linda Tonner5 years ago

I asked my partner to come to look at the 2nd 1/2 of the vid. All he said was, "More art. Fewer Guns!"

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Wonderful. Thank you.