Friday, 13 February 2009

Dheisheh Camp Social Youth Center

Handala, the Palestinian defiance symbol...

Handala is the most famous of Naji al-Ali's characters. He is depicted as a ten-year old boy, and appeared for the first time in Al-Siyasa in Kuwait in 1969. The figure turned his back to the viewer from the year 1973, and clasped his hands behind his back.

The artist explained that the ten-year old represented his age when forced to leave Palestine and would not grow up until he could return to his homeland; his turned back and clasped hands symbolized the character's rejection of "outside solutions". Handala wears ragged clothes and is barefoot, symbolizing his allegiance to the poor. In later cartoons, he sometimes appears throwing stones or writing graffiti.

Handala became the signature of Naji al-Ali's cartoons and remains an iconic symbol of Palestinian identity and defiance; the artist remarked that "this being that I have invented will certainly not cease to exist after me, and perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that I will live on with him after my death".

The young people, future artists ? and the artist Rania !

Lycée Colbert - Portrait workshop (1st step)


Publié par Estelle F.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Art & Design Class of th Anna-Schmidt-Schule in Frankfurt

We were working on metissage and tried to make a connection between our ancestors and the roots of our families and today by chosing old photos, enlarge them on a black and white photo-copy and paint. Here are some examples:

This picture is from Isaax and designed by Ben Ferro. It shows Isaax as a baby. He is at a beach in Mexico. The design is made for showing the free posibility of showing himself. His grandma is holding him and he is holding a little doll which is very sad about life.
This shows Tenny's chinese mother infront of the Forbidden City in Beijing during the cultural revolution. She obviously had a very good time.

This is the photography of a painted photocopy of a photography of Sophia's great-great-grandfather’s school class. Complicated but colourful.
F’Poh! It’s SPEEDRACE TIME! Believe it o not! I’m live in tha ancient Circus Minimus! No romans here but thr33 gorgeous gals’r launchin’ tha engine and now’r headin’ for tha F1N1SH. Gotta say it’s RACE AGAINST THE DEATH. Beware of sum bird shit that’s actually dropped by tha frickin’ “brush-aviator”. No place on the picture for it – BUT! imagine that it loads tons of bird shit and’ll transform the battlefield into a swimming pool of mud sooner than ya hope. Who’ll win the race? The perverted race InstructA likes to see thoz women fighting fo’ life. This race actually REALLY happened in Pisa, Italy, where the official picture was takin’ by me, myself and I.

Our schoolyard is as grey as the original photocopy. I want much more colour, like in this picture. The only parts I left to be grey are the only spots of colour in our yard. In my opinion this picture misses green, like our schoolyard. Written and designed by Tenny.
Benjamin changed this picture. The picture shows Benjamin as a baby. He sits on the floor at a flat in Kiew, Ukraine. In the flat it was very cold, so he painted himself a cap. Because of growing up in Russia he is wears t-shirts and shorts every day in winter.

Réalisations d'élèves du Lycée Colbert