(REUTERS) HAIFA, ISRAEL (JULY 16, 2013)
Palestinian artist pays tribute to his sister, who has lived in a Syrian refugee camp for more than 60 years, through his artwork. In his exhibition 'Homage to Lutfiyah', Palestinian artist Abed Abdi pays tribute to his sister who has lived in Syrian refugee camps for over 60 years. Abdi's sister Lutfiyah has been a refugee since 1948 - the year 700,000 Palestinian fled or were expelled from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel. That year, Lutfiyah and Abdi fled the harbour town of Haifa with their mother and siblings.
By Dr. Ayelet Zohar
The current exhibition aims to view Abdi's creative work from a more personal, private point of view, combined with an inquiry of his strong desire and sensitivity to material qualities which is impressively present through his work.
Abed Abdi (b. 1942, Haifa) is a Palestinian-Israeli artist educated as a graphic designer in the former DDR,1 then the earlier part of Abdi's career was dedicated to the graphic arts, mostly printing, as he served as the graphic designer for Al-Itihad 2, the bi-weekly publication of Al-Itihad association. Nonetheless, Abdi's creative force has spanned over 50 years and multidisciplinary media - from etching to murals, from monumental sculpture to small-scale oil paintings.
Beyond his extensive work in diverse media, Abdi's iconography marks a long contribution to the Palestinian struggle for recognition and the voicing of Palestinian particular identity, history and suffering as a central theme of his creative work.
A retrospective exhibition of well-know Arab painter Abed Abdi, "Secrets, Drawers and Identities: Homage to My Sister Lutfia, Yarmouk Refugee Camp," will be open on Saturday evening, May 18, at the Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Cultural Center in Haifa.