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Spirit of the Land

Nabil Anani, born 1943 in Latroun, Palestine, is one of the most prominent Palestinian artists working today.

He is considered by many as a key founder of the contemporary Palestinian art movement.
Upon graduating from the faculty of Fine Arts at Alexandria University Egypt in 1969, Anani returned to his native country Palestine
and began a fruitful career as an artist, teacher, and trainer at the UN training college in Ramallah.

Anani held his first exhibition in Jerusalem in 1972 and has since exhibited widely in Europe, North America, the Middle East, North Africa and Japan – both as an individual artist and with groups of his Palestinian contemporaries.

Anani is a multi-talented artist for he is a painter, a ceramicist and a sculptor.

He pioneered the use of local media such as leather, henna, natural dyes, Papier-mâché, wood, beads and copper.
Over the past 4 decades, Anani has built an impressive catalogue of outstanding, innovative and unique art.

Cover Photo

Spirit of the Land by Nabil Anani Palestine in 1943

Anani was awarded the first Palestinian National Prize for Visual Art in 1997 and became the head of the League of Palestinian Artists in 1998.

Upon retiring from his teaching post in 2003, Anani dedicated much of his time to voluntary pastimes such as handling the League’s activities and playing a key role in the establishment of the first International Academy of Fine Arts in Palestine – with the assistance of the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Anani also won the prestigious King Abdullah II Arab World Prize for Fine Arts.
“One of the distinguishing features of Nabil Anani’s work is that he combines the skills of a craftsman with the imagination of an artist. ” Dr. Tina Sherwell, 2001

Art on 56th has the pleasure to invite you to the exhibition of Nabil Anani‘s Spirit of the Land on Wednesday October 23, 2013 starting 6 pm. Exhibition from October 23 to November 9, 2013.

Are you a Pakistani, still living in a remote area?

Scared to Go Outside and be harvested by a drone?

One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed by an alleged U.S. drone while picking vegetables in a field with her grandchildren on October 24, 2012.

The United States has never acknowledged killing her or any other drone strike victims in Pakistan, always claiming that it is militants locked in the cross-hairs.

Amy Goodman and Juan González posted an interview on DAILY INDEPENDENT GLOBAL NEWS HOUR this Oct.31, 2013

“Too Scared to Go Outside”: Family of Pakistani Grandmother Killed in U.S. Drone Strike Speaks Out

This week, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to Washington, D.C., to become the first drone victims to testify before members of Congress — even though only 5 Democrats appeared at the hearing.

Live in studio, we speak to Rafiq Rehman and his two children, 9-year-old Nabila and 13-year-old Zubair, both of whom were injured in the strike. “I don’t understand why this happened to me. I have done nothing wrong,” Zubair says. “What I would like to say to the American people is: Please tell your government to end these drones, because it is disrupting our lives.”

TRANSCRIPT

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As we continue our special on U.S. drone strikes, we turn now to the killing of a 67-year-old Pakistani grandmother last year. In a moment, we’ll be joined by her son and two grandchildren, nine-year-old Nabila and 13-year-old Zubair. But first, another clip from Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.

RAFIQ UR REHMAN: [translated] My name is Rafiq ur Rehman. I am a primary school teacher. I’ve been teaching for 10 years. We strive to eradicate illiteracy so our children can be educated and have a bright future. This is my daughter Nabila. This is my daughter Asma. Zubair ur Rehman is my son. We have our own land and grow our own food.

ZUBAIR UR REHMAN: People enjoyed life before the attacks.

RAFIQ UR REHMAN: It was 2:45 p.m. on October 24th of 2012. After school finished, I went into town to buy school supplies.

ZUBAIR UR REHMAN:  I was in the fields tying up bundles.

RAFIQ UR REHMAN: I got back in the car and bought sweets for the children.

KALIM UR REHMAN: When I got home, I was drinking tea. After the first sip, the drone hit. The house shook.

ZUBAIR UR REHMAN: The dust flew.

ATIQ UR REHMAN: The roof shook, and the ground trembled.

ASMA UR REHMAN:  I ran. and I got hit.

KALIM UR REHMAN:  I ran out, and there was all this dust and smoke.

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Baby Naptime, Dream Adventures and the Creative Mom

Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully?

Queenie Liao, an artist and a mother of three boys, has shared the adventurous dramas that her child Wengenn dreams of during his sleep.

Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime Into Dream Adventures

Combining artistry and imagination with photography, Queenie has created captivating photos using plain cloths, stuffed animals, and other common household materials to create the background setting. Each photo uniquely portrays a new and exciting episode of her baby’s journey in his beautiful fairytale-like world of dreams.

Her album – Wengenn in Wonderland – is a compilation of over 100 creative photos that depict the continuous exploration of her son Wengenn in his magical land of charm and wonder.


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