March 21 – March 24, 2018
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
In This is How I saw Gaza, Palestinian artist Aissa Deebi investigates factors impacting on his relationship with his homeland. The work consists of a series of paintings that probe the distance between exile and homeland using photographs of broadcasted news as a primary visual reference. Using ink on paper and oil on canvas, the mesmerizing works project a high degree of representational verisimilitude techniques.
Deebi – from Haifa and is currently Geneva-based – presents a body of work that centers around his exile and relationship with Gaza through popular newscasts. The artist who has been repeatedly refused permission to visit Gaza by the Israeli authorities, depicts explosions, destruction, ordnance, and ruins of buildings protruding from black smoke. This is not how he saw Gaza with his eyes but how he was forced to see it through television screens in exile – clinical and dehumanizing portrayals of repeated military attacks on an imprisoned and subjugated civilian population.
Deebi’s work is a stark reminder of continued vulnerability of the Palestinian refugee population, seventy years after their dispossession.