Sunday 12th February, 2012.
We attended the children’s Art and video exhibition in Gaza city. This was a project run in conjunction with GUCC, War child organisation and windows for contemporary art. The project involved children being given the freedom, under supervision to photograph their surroundings, focusing mainly on the lack of play areas and free space for kids.
They were taught the art of photography including framing, editing, sound production ( for video) etc and the results were amazing. Some of the children were at the exhibition and rightly accepted all the deserved praise given to them. It was a delight to see the faces of children from Gaza light up when they proudly pointed to their own pictures, as they tried to explain in broken english their subjects, where it was taken, how hard they worked on them and how much they enjoyed the project.
Perhaps we have met some of the future winners of the ” Pulitzer Prize’ in Gaza that Sunday !
From the website at http://www.artwfg.ps
“The space around us is limited, the ideas in us are unlimited. We came together to think about how we could break out from here and reach the outside; and how we could open small windows and breathe fresh air. In this restricted/cramped space – Gaza – we express ourselves in a cultural-bound artistic language, when we talk to others. A language, that is part of us. “Gaza” is rich in details, that we try to illustrate using new, descriptive colours. A group of young artists, bound to a specific, geographic area, in which ideas converge. Deeply believing in collective co-operation, they try to develop together the creative aspects in the art movement. They are looking at the most recent contemporary art, that serves them to fully express their artistic abilities and put them into form. The ideas and reflections of the group come to a synthesis, that is brought to public attention by regularly holding meetings, exhibitions and workshops, in which both local and international artists participate. Each of them has taken part in numerous international events in support of their culture, their art concept, and their effort to interplay”- http://www.artwfg.ps
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