This artwork is a collaboration between the artist Dana Barqawi and the Palestinian/Lebanese writer, Hind Shoufani, on the Relation to the Land.

The artistic collaboration process centers on a poem by Samih al-Qasim, a resistance poet and an outspoken opponent of racism and oppression in the Middle East. Hind was inspired to write about “the Land,” and Dana visualized the poem in color.

The artwork is adorned with gold leaf, thread, and newspaper clippings, and is a commentary on the politics of land and the colonization of the Indigenous body. It incorporates verses from Samih’s poem titled “Sadder Than Water.”

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