Palestinians Make Art with Gaza Bomb Smoke

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Three Palestinian artists have picked up their digital brushes to transform images of Israeli bombing into artworks, The Independent reports.

In the same way one might see familiar shapes in clouds, Tawfik Gebreel, Belal Khaled, and Bushra Shanan are teasing out images from the smoke provoked by the daily shelling in the Gaza Strip.

Twenty-five years-old Hebron graphic designer Shanan was quoted in theTimes of Israel saying: “I want to draw people’s attention to what is happening in Gaza, especially those abroad, who probably do not know anything.”

In her pictures, smoke becomes a group of children, rising up in the sky as if to some paradise. In another of Shanan’s work, it’s an entire family that is seen flying away to escape the war zone.

Belal Khaled, a Gaza-based photographer for the Turkish Anadolu news agency, has turned a tower of smoke into a clenched fist. Horses spring up, as do kaffiyeh-wearing couples, mourning.

All want the same thing: to draw attention to Palestinian plight.

Talking to the website inhabit, Tawfik Gebree said: “I have the ambition to do several exhibitions in several countries and publish my depictions of the suffering of the Palestinian people through graphic art and so the world knows the Strip.”

A 72-hour cease-fire in the weeks-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict came into effect this morning at 8am local time to allow for humanitarian relief and the resumption of negotiations. Israel and Palestinian representatives are expected to meet in Cairo for talks moderated by the Egyptian government.

 

UPDATE: The ceasefire broke down only hours after it started, calling into question the viability of the Cairo talks.

 

 

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