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

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

By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac | 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.

 Hódolat Luftia húgomnak, a Szír Yarmouk menekülttáborban

Hódolat Luftia húgomnak, a Szír Yarmouk menekülttáborban

Az „Arab Kultúra Hava” alkalmából Abed Abdi vizuális művésznek egyéni kiállítása kerül megrendezésre az Arab-Zsidó Kulturális Központban (Beit Hagefen) Haifa városában. A kiállítás címe: "Hódolat Luftia húgomnak, a Szír Yarmuk menekülttáborban".  A kiállítás kurátora: Dr. Ayelet Zohar      A kiállítás megnyitójára 2013. május 18-án kerül sor, ahol a művész több új munkáját is bemutatja majd, beleértve az új fiókok sorozatot, soha nem kiállított festményeket és két dimenziós művekkel. A kiállítás megnyitóján beszédet mond, többek között, Yona Yahav úr, Haifa...

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.

 

The artist Abed Abdi began his artistic activity at the end of the 1960s when he went to East Germany to study art at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. From there he returned to Haifa, where he was born, to be among the first to engage in art and become, over the years, a leader and one of the pillars of the development and advancement of contemporary art among the Palestinian minority in Israel at a time that the Palestinian community in Israel was licking the wounds of wars, and became embroiled in a merciless struggle in the economic, social, historical and cultural spheres. The cruelty of this existential struggle is that it divided Arab society and turned it into one fighting for both its physical and spiritual future. It is, in fact, fighting for the values of the past, the shaping of its identity and its continued existence.

In addition to this complex reality, the military government that controlled the Arab population in Israel restricted its freedoms by limiting its movement, thereby adding to its already harsh suffering. It is worthy of note that the artists Walid Abu-Shaqra and Bashir Abu-Rabia flourished during this period and its difficult circumstances and together spearheaded Palestinian art.

There can be no doubt that Abed Abdi’s importance is in his being the first to cross the sea to study in the certain knowledge that the city of his birth needed him to return to act and lead in an unfamiliar sphere of endeavor, and in fact to create something ex nihilo in the complex reality I described earlier. His importance is in the fact that he acknowledges and is conscious of this reality, and came back to it out of a sense of responsibility, mission and commitment.

Palestinian art resembles the Arab-Palestinian community in Israel. It, too, has undergone complex processes in the shaping of its path and identity. There can be no doubt that Abed Abdi’s path has crossed those of all the Palestinian artists who either came before him or grew with him, artists like the late Isamil Shammout, Tamam al-Akhal, Walid Abu-Shaqra, Suleiman Mansour, Kamal Boullata, and others. Despite the harsh conditions, this select group brought about far-reaching change. They gave expression to the pain, detachment, loss, and destruction, but managed to express a longing for the future and the building and renewal endeavor. This select group laid the foundations for the growth of the younger generation.

The flourishing of the Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery is without doubt due to the foundations laid by that select group of which Abed Abdi is a member. He played, and still plays, an active role in it. He is an artist whose name is etched on the Palestinian collective memory and the nascent Palestinian culture both in Israel and beyond. This is the place and now is the time for a comprehensive exhibition that will give expression to a broad and in-depth cross-section of this artist’s spheres of activity.

We are proud that this is where this long and fascinating process comes together, providing us with the opportunity to look Abed Abdi in the eye and thank him, and the other members of this amazing group, for their activity and for standing firm to enable us to stand up, shoulder responsibility and lead together.

The Umm al-Fahm Museum of Art, which is in its planning and construction stages, is currently working on preparing the Palestinian collection that will be shown immediately on the Museum’s completion.

The works of Abed Abdi, Walid Abu-Shaqra, Ismail Shammout, Tamam al-Akhal, Kamal Boullata, Assad Izi, Suleiman Mansour, Assam Abu-Shaqra, Ibrahim Nobany, Farid Abu-Shaqra and others will be the foundation on which the future collection will be built.

 

The author is General manager of Umm El-fahem Art gallery

appeared in the book "Abed Abdi, 50 Years of Creativity" on the eve of the exhibition

Angol nyelvű sajtó cikkek Abed Abdiról

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Abed Abdi: Retrospective Exhibition

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

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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 Israe...

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We Were As Dreamers

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 spiri...

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Abed Abdi: Reviewed by Tal Ben Zvi

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 visu...

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Abed Abdi - An Artist - Phenomenon

Abed Abdi - An Artist - Phenomenon

by Samih Al Qasim I am unable to address Abed Abdi’s catalogue from the purely technical and professional composition aspect. The historical profundity of Abdi’s  experience places him in the cat...

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The Wandering Museum in the Works of Abed Abdi

The Wandering Museum in the Works of Abed Abdi

by Amir A. Abdi In 1962 my father held his first exhibition in Tel Aviv initiated by left-wing activists such as Gila Balas and her husband Shimon along with the poet Issam Al-Abassi and others. This...

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"Wa ma nasaina" (“We have not forgotten”) exhibition is a personal journey in time, memory andhistory of Palestinians, which constituting an integral part of the life of artist Abed Abdi, who was bor...

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