“One weaves the landscape of one’s homeland into being, and whenever Asim painted the sabra he was in effect creating a self-portrait tethered to Palestinian iconography,” wrote Itzhaki about Abu Shaqra.
For Abu Dhabi Art 2017, Gallery One is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the renowned Palestinian artist Asim Abu Shakra. The booth will contain paper works which will be exhibited for the first time internationally along side oil plantings.
The life story of Asim Abu Shaqra, who died a young man, was and remains one of a struggle for ownership − economic, political and symbolic − and of self-determination. Between his insistence on universalist art and the immediate identification of his works as carrying the banner of the national resistance.
Even though, and possibly because of his death from cancer in 1990 before he had even turned 29, Abu Shaqra has become a milestone in the history of Palestinian art.
Abu Shaqra was born on November 11, 1961 in Umm al-Fahm, the seventh of 10 children. In the religious Muslim family in which he grew up, painting was not such an unusual thing. His cousin, Walid Abu Shaqra, paved way for the family in the world of art. But even during his studies he was singled out as a promising artist.
In 1994, only four years after his death, the foreignness, crowding and turpentine fumes among which Abu Shaqra created his works became part of the myth of the noble wild man and totally expressive artist who gave everything to his art, including, it seems, his life.
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Manarat Al Saadiyat
Saadiyat Cultural District
Sheikh Khalifa Highway
Wednesday 8 November to Saturday 11 November 2017 from14:00-21:00
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat