Palestinian artist turns deadly Israeli shrapnel into symbols of life

Using the shrapnel of Israeli rockets and missiles launched at the Gaza Strip, Al-Zammar, who lives in one of Gaza's many crowded refugee camps, told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds that he wanted to communicate a message of life using shrapnel that has killed and wounded many Palestinians.

Palestinian artist turns deadly Israeli shrapnel into symbols of life

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mohamed Al-Zammar is a Palestinian visual artist who has made a name for himself turning weapons of war into beautiful pieces artwork.

Using the shrapnel of Israeli rockets and missiles launched at the Gaza Strip, Al-Zammar, who lives in one of Gaza's many crowded refugee camps, told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds that he wanted to communicate a message of life using shrapnel that has killed and wounded many Palestinians.

"In Palestine, especially in the Gaza Strip, art is different. As art mirrors the people's life, my art mirrors our life. It mirrors our sufferings, the siege and being refugees," he said.

"I want to make life out of death and destruction. I want to tell the world that we are a nation who appreciates life and beauty. However, we have been swept out of our land two times, in 1948 and 1967," he added.

Al-Zammar's efforts mirrors similar projects in the West Bank, where Palestinian activists Sami Musa and Mohammed Khatib produced pieces of art made from Israeli tear gas canisters, barbed wires and parts of the Israeli separation wall, which was recently displayed in an exhibition called "Chic-Art-Resistance".

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