The Palestinian sabra: After his death, an artist's legacy is up for grabs
After dying of cancer at the young age of 29, Asim Abu Shaqra’s work was received as part of the canon of Israeli art. A new book and exhibition offer a different angle on the Israeli Arab artist.
The life story of Asim Abu Shaqra, one of the few Palestinian artists accepted into the canon of Israeli art who died a young man, was and remains one of a struggle for ownership − economic, political and symbolic − and of self-determination. Not of his own wishes, Abu Shaqra traveled the unavoidable path of conflicts between his Arab identity and his Israeli one; between contemporary art in...
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