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Arab-Israeli in Haifa uses art to help Palestinian refugee sister

By and | Haaretz, Twilight Zone

The struggle to save Lutfia, an 84 year-old Palestinian refugee, is being conducted by her brother Abed Abdi, a respected Palestinian artist who resides in Haifa.

 A childhood memory documented in a photo: A little boy is holding his mother's hand; his four siblings stand alongside them. The place is a refugee camp near Damascus. The year is 1950. This is where the Abdi family eventually fled to after escaping from their home in Haifa, which had been captured by the Haganah during the War of Independence.

Abed Abdi: Retrospective Exhibition

by Sa’id Abu-Shaqra, 

This comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the works of Abed Abdi is the third of its kind to be held at the Umm el-Fahm Art Gallery since its establishment, following the exhibitions of the works of the late Assam Abu-Shaqra and those of Sharif Waqed. This curational activity expresses the commitment, responsibility and privilege that the Gallery sees in research work on the activity and development of Palestinian art.

In this comprehensive exhibition, curator Tal Ben Zvi, who over the last two years has studied the artist’s career and spheres of activity which gained him the Minister of Science, Culture and Sport Prize, seeks to present the results of her research, conversations and joint thinking, and publish a comprehensive catalogue that will shed light on Abed Abdi’s work and career since 1962.

Abed Abdi: An Essential Episode in the History of Israeli Art

By: Dr Smadar Sheffi, Gallery, "Haaretz", 08/10/2010

 Abed Abdi's retrospective at the gallery of Umm al - Fahm shows his important contribution to the visual culture of the Palestinians in Israel.

Abed Abdi's Solo exhibition at the gallery of Umm al - Fahm is a comprehensive retrospective of the artist who for decades was well known to non - Jews in Israel, but almost never exhibited in the mainstream Israeli art scene. In recent years he was exhibited in several exhibitions curated by the curator of the current exhibition, Tal Ben Zvi (including the exhibition "Men in the Sun" at the Herzliya Museum last year).

We Were As Dreamers

by Gershon Knispel

Each of us summarized the completion of the monument in Sakhnin in his own way. I wrote: “With my friend and colleague Abed Abdi I erected this monument to ‘drive out the evil spirit’ and leave traces… of the acts of wrongdoing, robbery, murder and dispossession for the future generations that found it hard to believe that ‘it really happened”. And you, Abed, added: Our joint work was the realization of a vision of cooperation between the two peoples in order to prevent a repetition of the tragedy…

Since then, thirty-three years have passed and our vision of erecting a monument for the future generations that found it hard to believe that ‘it really happened’, has been shattered.

Abed Abdi: Reviewed by Tal Ben Zvi

by Tal Ben Zvi

Extract from the book "Abed Abdi, 50 years of Creativity"

Palestinian art created within Israel’s 1948 borders possesses unique characteristics deriving from its being part of the visual culture of the Palestinian minority in Israel. In this artistic-national construct, the artist, graphic designer and printmaker Abed Abdi played a leading role as a consequence of his work over the decade between 1972 and 1982 as graphics editor of the publications of the Communist and Democratic Front for Peace and Equality parties, the Arabic language journal Al-Ittihad and the Al-Jadid literary journal. Additionally, many of his works were also published in the Communist Party’s Hebrew language paper, Zu Haderekh (This Is the Way) and in a variety of election and other posters for the Communist Party and the Democratic Front. The fact that Abdi often reused images he created in various contexts also reinforced the iconic status of many of his works.

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