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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:20am - 9:40am
The Paintings Of Taysir Sharaf: A Contribution To And Documentation Of Palestinian Culture

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The Palestinian artist Taysir Sharaf was active from 1967 until his death in 2001, maintaining an active career for over 25 years. During this time, he produced over 500 original works and distinguished himself amongst artists of Palestine. Despite his prolific career and numerous successful exhibitions, limited research has been produced concerning his life and work. This paper will discuss the artist in the context of Palestinian and Global Art communities. His works Jerusalem (1979) and Only God is Victorious (1998) are particularly helpful in the examination of Sharaf’s career. They showcase how the artist’s representations of Jerusalem both documented and contributed to the culture of a nation during conflict and transition. This paper will be examining these works which he produced during the occupation of Palestine. It will elaborate on his use of painting to cope with the sadness and sense of defeat that accompanied the occupation of his hometown. Artistic reactions to conflict leave a mark on the history and culture of the region. This contribution will shed new light on the current conversation surrounding conflict in this region.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:20am - 9:40am
102 Owen Hall