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Exhibition of Paintings from Yibna
Over 40 paintings from Gaza will begin a tour of the UK with an exhibition in Islington in July. The paintings come from a collective of Palestinian artists - the Yibna Artists Forum; most of the artists are women. The Yibna refugee camp is part of the Rafah camp, in the south of Gaza on the border with Egypt. First shown in Gaza in January 2010, the paintings – both abstract and naturalistic - recount the Palestinian experience of the siege of Gaza, of the loss and devastation resulting from the Israeli military offensive on Gaza in the winter of 2008/2009, and of the loss of the land in 1948 that led to life in the refugee camps.
Children look out at a bombed landscape; mothers shield their children from death and destruction, or mourn their loss; families have meals, and children do their schoolwork by the light of candles during long electricity outages; a Palestinian girl makes her way past military tanks to go to school; faces are glimpsed in the rubble of buildings; the land that was lost in 1948 is remembered in the sabra cactus and the keys to the houses in the villages of historic Palestine. The artists, working with limited access to materials, affirm the value of life and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of the conditions of war.