In October Palestinian artist Iyad Sabbah installed a sculpture, Worn Out, in a Gaza neighborhood which was destroyed during this summer’s war between Israel and Palestine.
The seven clay figures, which appear eroded and flecked with crimson, depict children, adults and elderly men and women walking away from the destroyed neighborhood of Shuja’iyya, toward the beach. The artist told the Cairo Post that the sculpture comemorates both the victims in the 51-day conflict and the struggles of families who illegally immigrate to get away from the war. The artist states:
“Shuja’iyya neighborhood is one of the places that was completely destroyed, and the idea came to my head to do something about the war, to focus on displacement of the Palestinians,” Palestinian artist Iyad Sabbah, a member of the Fine Artists Association in Gaza, told The Cairo Post Wednesday.”
Sabbah, who himself had to leave his home in Gaza, self-financed the work. He described the sculpture as Tahalok (decaying) to show the suffering that he and other residents felt after the war. The Post quotes the figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry, which state that at least 2,145 Palestinian civilians were killed and 11,200 injured in the latest round of fighting.
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