The Palestinian Graffiti Takes a Flight

This painting is one of those works which their ideas come to mind from, out of the blue – from nowhere. Sudden metal conversations present themselves in strange and unrelated circumstances, and apparently they have no connection with physical or mental activities concurrent at the moment.

The idea in this particular situation was image together with the words of “donkey on the wall”.  It happened when I was painting in a cave in Dunhuang China. Puzzled with this out of blue intonation and its possible meanings or psychological implications, I visualized and seized the image.

A few months later, I decided to create a painting, which gradually evolved to become one of my profoundly meaningful paintings. The donkey became yellow. The wall, after some search was decided to be the Separation Wall imposed on Palestinian people by Israel. The girl with balloons was taken from myriad of graffiti images on the Wall of Separation.

At the time, I did not know that the image was drawn and painted by Banksy, the famous British Grafitti Artist. After completion, I gave its title: “The Palestinian Graffiti Takes a Flight”.  In fact the title should be: “The Banksy’s Graffiti Takes a Flight”, or even better it would be “ The Banksy’s Palestinian Graffiti Takes a Flight”.

The artist Banksy, by painting the image of a little girl with balloon; simply, and at the same time, audaciously, questions the legitimacy of the barrier imposition. An innocent girl, who can’t understand the reason for erecting such a high concrete wall and the political reckoning supporting the action, is curious to discover what is behind the wall. The curiosity leads to an invention tools for flying up to the edge of the wall.

For me, while this powerful image says it all, a creative impetus searches for an imaginative conjecture as to the little girl’s journey. It may be my story-teller mind struggling for a new plot or an end to the story.  As we see, the girl finds a yellow donkey on at the top of the wall. Getting excited (red), she changes her plan and tries to save the donkey. She thinks, if she changes the colour of the balloons to the grass (green), it would stimulate the donkey, so she could easily save her, but how? We do not know. The conundrum of the Separation Wall is not so easy to be solved by her, or as a matter of fact, by anyone else.

This painting has been exhibited at Celeste Prize in Berlin, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Arya Gallery in Tehran.

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