Co-founders of Sarha Collective: 'there can be a pornographic interest in reducing Palestinian artists to relics'
88 SHARES Abdulrahman Katanani was born in Sabra refugee camp just after the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre when 2,000 Palestinian refugees were killed by Lebanese Christian militia in collaboration with the Israeli army. Despite the fact that his artwork has received international acclaim, Katanani still lives in the camp, in a disused hospital that used to house former PLO fighters. In “Girl with a parachute”, a new piece of Katanani’s work that was commissioned for Chapter 31, the artist has used foraged material from Sabra – fragments of corrugated iron roofs and discarded bottle tops – to sculpt a child sailing back to Palestine from Sabra. “The innocence of the work belies the materials he uses which are often very, very sharp,” says Nadia Jaglom, the co-curator of the exhibition. Pointing to the work she adds: “This is made of metal which could literally slice your hands open.” [ read more ]