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 Brawn2 years ago

thank for sharing

Beverly G.
bev g6 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 S6 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 Miller6 years ago


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Allena Tyrrell6 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 Ho6 years ago

it's fixed, I can hear it now

Jennifer H.
Jennifer Ho6 years ago

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

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Thank you. Very beautiful art.

Linda Tonner
Linda Tonner6 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 C6 years ago

Wonderful. Thank you.