Highlights from Palestinian artist Yazan Abu Salameh’s ‘Cemented Sky’

Highlights from Palestinian artist Yazan Abu Salameh’s ‘Cemented Sky’
Like many of his works, Abu Salameh uses a circle here, to draw the eye to a focal point on the canvas. (Supplied)
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Updated 03 June 2021

Highlights from Palestinian artist Yazan Abu Salameh’s ‘Cemented Sky’

Highlights from Palestinian artist Yazan Abu Salameh’s ‘Cemented Sky’
  • Here are some highlights from Palestinian artist Yazan Abu Salameh’s ‘Cemented Sky,’ running at Zawyeh Gallery in Dubai from June 5 to August 21

‘Shelter’

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.”

‘Buried City’

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.

‘Abandoned Horse’

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.