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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