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Palestine’s Cultural History, in Sand

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  • August 10, 2011
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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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5:19PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

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.

10:29AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

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

7:50AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011


6:39AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

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.

3:54PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

it's fixed, I can hear it now

3:09PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

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

11:20AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Thank you. Very beautiful art.

9:25AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

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

7:59AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Wonderful. Thank you.

5:30AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Glad to see Bassam's impressive work. Certainly the people of Gaza - surviving in the world's largest prison - need positive things to encourage them.

Richard is right about trolls, or in some cases people paid by the Israeli government to provide Hasbara (meaning 'explanation') that is favourable to their employers and derogatory of Palestinians (who they claim either don't exist or have no history). This Israeli video explains:

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