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Uncharted territories

A new study of contemporary Palestinian art, the first of its kind, reveals artists with a lot more than 'the conflict' on their minds

Clockwise from top left: Mona Hatoum, 'Keffieh' (1993-1999); Ismail Shammout, 'Whereto?' (1953); Sliman Mansour, 'Olive-Picking Triptych' (1989)
Clockwise from top left: Mona Hatoum, 'Keffieh' (1993-1999); Ismail Shammout, 'Whereto?' (1953); Sliman Mansour, 'Olive-Picking Triptych' (1989)
By David B. Green
April 9, 2006

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ONLY ONE PAINTER covered in depth by art historian Gannit Ankori in her new book about Palestinian art could be described as creating work meant to serve a didactic, even propagandistic, agenda. And as someone who experienced firsthand the Nakba, the Palestinian ''catastrophe" of 1948, Ismail Shammout, with his canvases of broken people against barren landscapes, is only describing what ... (Full article: 1433 words)

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