A mother sitting on the stone bench unfolding her people’s memories and stories, is ready to hand down to her young daughter the key she held on for decades. The key to her home in Palestine she longs deeply for, reassuring the young generation to never lose hope for the right to return.
~ Fordibben Colours ~
"A 1980 law forbidding artwork of "political significance" banned art composed of the four colours of the Palestinian flag, red, green, white and black. Palestinians were arrested for displaying such artwork. The ban was lifted after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
Palestinian artists would not be allowed to paint a flower field using those colours. Even avoiding the "direct and noticeable" use of the colours, an artist would nevertheless be committing felony. The police would storm the art gallery in the West Bank at the time and storm artists houses and confiscate them."
Notes about the artwork: They are a series of 3 artworks representing
The forbidden colors are rendering freely these sceneries of the peaceful olive grove.
They depict the village women, wearing their beautiful hand embroidered Palestinian costumes, picking the fruits of peace during the festive olive harvest season.
Cross stitch motifs, taken from Palestinian patterns and designs, paint the fields and dunes surrounding them, asserting the identity of the land. Motifs like: “The Walls of Jerusalem”, “the Road to Nablus”, “the Old Man’s teeth” and “The Star of Bethlehem”
The map of Palestine always hidden in the olive branches asserts its presence on this land.