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40 Russian artists embody with brushes and colors tales from the Palestinian struggle

Gaza- Fine art paintings, planned by 40 artists from Russia, embodied the stations spanning more than 7 decades of the suffering of the Palestinian people under the Israeli occupation, which began with the Nakba in 1948, and its chapters are still continuing.

In an art exhibition inaugurated by the Rawasi Foundation for Culture and Arts in Gaza, entitled “Palestine in Russia’s Eyes”, about 40 plastic art paintings by Russian artists supporting the Palestinian cause were stuck together. Palestinian.

Despite the depth of the tragedy shown by these paintings, the hope for a bright future appeared in a few paintings, whose owners wanted to express through them the will of the Palestinian, and his refusal to surrender, and they bore the tidings of victory and empowerment.

Russian artist Marina Al-Balawi embodies the victims of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza (Al-Jazeera)

Paintings drawing pain and hope

Among the paintings, a painting by the artist Nadezhda Kavkazova depicted an elderly Palestinian shepherd, wearing the traditional Palestinian dress, which distinguished men before the Nakba, while he was sitting with a newspaper in his hand, and his livestock around him grazing in a natural area, which reflected a life of simplicity and safety.

In contrast to this painting, next to it is a painting that reflects the life of the Palestinian people after the occupation, in which the artist Natalia Chornina imagined a Palestinian woman cuddling her child, and in the background black pillars of smoke rising, and white doves flying, as if she wanted to depict the crimes that the occupying state did not stop for its perpetration against the Palestinians over the past decades.

Women have emerged as an important symbol in the paintings of Russian artists to introduce the Palestinian cause - Raed Musa - Al Jazeera NetWomen emerged as an important symbol in the paintings of Russian artists to introduce the Palestinian cause (Al-Jazeera)

It seemed remarkable that Russian artists used women as a symbol of the Palestinian people in their paintings, and in one of the paintings by artist Irina Kochergina, a Palestinian woman appeared in traditional dress, sadness filled her eyes, and behind her was the Dome of the Rock mosque, in reference to the operations that the occupied city of Jerusalem is undergoing Judaization and displacement of its Palestinian residents, and Israeli attacks on holy sites.

Amid the amount of pain emanating from the paintings of Russian artists, the artist Vera Filipova took another turn in her painting, through which she wanted to embody the Palestinian will, and herald the Palestinians with victory, when she embodied a knight masked with a Palestinian keffiyeh, riding his horse, waving his hand with the Palestinian flag, as he entered one of the gates of Jerusalem.

Gaza was present in a number of paintings, among them a painting that pulsates with pain and pain, by the Russian artist Marina Al-Balawi (she is the wife of the president of the Association for Friendship and Cooperation between the Peoples of Chuvashia and Palestine Bassam Al-Balawi), in which she depicted a young man who was a victim of the “Marchs of Return and Breaking the Siege”, who lost his leg with bullets. Occupation forces, leaning on crutches, while his little boy embraces the rest of his leg.

A painting by the Russian artist Nadezhda Kankazova showing Palestinian life before the Nakba - Raed Musa - Al Jazeera NetA painting by the Russian artist Nadezhda Kankazova showing Palestinian life before the Nakba (Al-Jazeera)

Munsteron Lifestine

The exhibition “Palestine in Russia’s Eyes”, in which paintings by Russian artists were shown, reached by the Rawasi Foundation via the Internet, and was printed in Gaza, coincided with a similar exhibition in Russia in which paintings by Palestinian artists were shown.

The Russian artists, through their paintings, which reflected various aspects of Palestinian life and its aspects related to heritage, the right of return, resistance, prisoners and Jerusalem, showed great awareness of the details of the Palestinian cause.

Russian artist Medkhat Shakirov, Vice-President of the Chufashi Palestinian Friendship Association, owner of the “I Paint Palestine” initiative, said in a speech from Russia via video conference technology, “We are proud to open the first joint exhibition, we are in solidarity with your people, and we want you to take back your cities, villages and lands. Peace on the land of Palestine, and for the Palestinian people to enjoy their freedom on their land and to grow olives.”

“As long as Palestine is occupied, and its people are oppressed and humiliated, I affirm once again that I am a Palestinian, so that this people can gain their freedom and restore their homeland,” said Medkhat Shakirov, head of the cultural committee of the association.

A painting by the artist Natalia Chornina shows a Palestinian woman embracing her child and reflecting through it the violence of the occupation against the Palestinians - Raed Musa - Al Jazeera NetA painting by the artist Natalia Churnina showing a Palestinian woman embracing her child and reflecting through it the violence of the occupation against the Palestinians (Al-Jazeera)

Breaking the cultural blockade

The Executive Director of the Rawasi Foundation, Muhammad Al-Hasani, told Al Jazeera Net that the exhibition coincides with the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”, and reflects artistic messages of solidarity from Russian artists with the Palestinian people, who have been exposed for seven decades and more to various types of torment and oppression under the yoke of occupation.

Rawasy, according to Al-Hasani, was keen to achieve a symbolic break of the siege imposed on Gaza 15 years ago, and its restrictions touched all aspects of life, including art. The idea was to print paintings by Palestinian artists and display them in Russia, to inform the world about the aspects of Palestinian suffering.

Al-Hassani stressed the importance of cultural and artistic exchange, as it is a struggle front that exposes the falsehood of the occupation, and contributes to spreading the Palestinian narrative abroad and increasing the circles of sympathizers and supporters of the Palestinian people.



Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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