Fatima Killeen Resilience 2005 Colour collograph 47cm x 62cm
Before 1948 there were 475 Arab villages within the borders of what was to become the state of Israel – 385 of those villages have been destroyed by the Israeli authorities. No records were kept, however the cactus plants (Sabr) often reappeared in odd places as a reminder of the former Arab villages. In this work the cactus becomes a symbol of the resilience of Arab Iraq against the invasion of the international coalition…the message to establish peace and democracy came in missiles.
Australian War Memorial collection.
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