Newly published book: Abed Abdi – 50 Years of Creativity – A Retrospective.
The book embraces a fine selection from the body of Abdi’s work over the last fifty years, enabling art lovers to familiarize themselves with the entirety of the work of one of the most important artists active in Palestinian Arab culture in Israel.
This unique catalogue contains more than 100 high quality images of Abed Abdi's art, alongside texts translated into English, Arabic and Hebrew.
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Abed Abdi’s contribution to the visual culture of the Palestinian minority in Israel is unprecedented. In 1964 he went to study in Dresden and on his return to Haifa in 1971 was appointed chief graphic designer and illustrator of the Al-Ittihad newspaper and the Al-Jadid literary journal, which at the time were the main platforms of Arab culture and society. It was then that Abdi created hundreds of illustrations and prints – images of refugees, exile and homeland – the majority of which illustrated the literary works of Emile Habibi, Salman Natour, Samih al-Qasim, and others. It is these images that shaped Arab visual memory of historical events like the Nakba, the refugee camps, destroyed villages, and the events of Land Day, hence the works’ significant influence on the collective memory of the Palestinian minority in Israel.
The exhibition comprises illustrations, stone prints, and lithographs published over fifty years, from the 1960s to the present day. There is also a large number of oil and mixed technique paintings from the 1980s and 90s that completes the entire body of the artist’s work.
In 1978, Abdi, together with Gershon Knispel, created the Land Day commemorative monument in Sakhnin, and later created monuments in Shfaram, Kafr Kana and Kafr Manda. The exhibition presents the monument’s preliminary sketches and model, and also posters designed by Abdi over the years to mark Land Day and the Kafr Qassem massacre, and Israel Communist Party election posters.
Um El Fahem Gallery (Israel)