The Palestinian artist’s exhibition, according to the brochure, “explores … the melancholy of the urban environment as a byproduct of military occupation.” In one series of works, including this one, he uses Lego blocks and concrete “as if a colorful dream of the future is trying to take over the grim reality.”
One of a series of Abu Salameh’s artworks that focus on high-rise towers. Here, he imagines them buried underground “as a way of rejecting what has become of Palestinian towns as a result of the occupation.” Like many of his works, Abu Salameh uses a circle here, to draw the eye to a focal point on the canvas.
At the heart of Abu Salameh’s work there remains an optimism that things can get better. This piece is based on the late, great Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “Why Did You Leave The Horse Alone?” which refers to resistance and its potential to spark a lasting change in circumstances for his homeland.