Tuesday, 19 April 2011

[creative-radio] Art Threat | Paint & piano reflect Mideast resistance


Art Threat | Paint & piano reflect Mideast resistance
Uprising by Sundus Abdul Hadi & Stefan Christoff

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Artists have been deeply involved in the grassroots uprising across the Middle
East over the past months. In Cairo, where music and song built unity at Tahrir
square as the Egyptian people challenged the dictatorial Mubarak regime,
imagery of the revolutionary ideas that are driving the protests has been
created, posted and remixed across the internet, imagery that will certainly
inspire generations in the future.

In celebration of the profound artwork emerging from the Middle East at this
time of struggle, we present Uprising, a collaborative work mixing painting and
piano. Uprising is an attempt to both cherish and communitcate the libratory
spirit of the contemporary protests across the region, a spirit that stands
with the people on the streets and against the foreign intervention currently
taking place in Libya that sounds horrible echos of colonial pasts.

Uprising is a mixed-media painting by Sundus Abdul Hadi in collaboration with
her sister Tamara Abdul Hadi's photography, in which her flying figures grace
the work. Visuals go hand in hand with my piano composition. Uprising is
inspired by the recent uprisings around the Middle East and aims to contribute
to the growing body of incredible artistic reflections on the current
revolutions happening across the region.

The youth of Tunisia and Egypt have moved the youth of Libya, Iraq, Palestine,
Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain and other countries in the Middle East through the
strength of people power, a deep hope for a better future, and an empowered
sense of self and community. Today's uprisings build on a long history of
popular movements in the region in past centuries, from the uprisings that
challenged European colonial rule, to the ongoing uprising against Israeli
apartheid in occupied Palestine. Ultimately, this painting is a poetic
rendering of Arab youth journeying into a brighter future, souls that have lost
their lives in the fight for collective freedom taking flight, and the living
struggling to make the impossible possible and ultimate deliverance ... if not
in reality, then perhaps in dreams. It is Up-rising, rising up.


Stefan Christoff / christoff@resist.ca


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