My Name is Palestine

eL Seed is a French-Tunisian street artist whose works incorporate traditional Arabic calligraphy, a style he calls ‘calligraffiti.’ His art was born on the streets of Paris, and now adorns walls across every continent. (Wikipedia)

eL Seed - Arabic Inspired Street Painting

The olive tree: at once a symbol of peace throughout the mediterranean and an embodiment of identity deeply entranched in Palestinian culture. The olive tree is also the foundation for the economic activity and development in Palestine. Planting an olive tree, therefore, is both expressing a desire for peace and also a desire to protect lands from dispossession and ruin.

The scattered pockets of color which compose this mural are but a symbol of a culture, an identity, which is itself disjointed and in fragments. In contrast, the phrase ‘My name is Palestine’ affirms the existence of this identity. Naming is one manner through which to assert the presence of a people, a history, and a culture.

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3 thoughts on “My Name is Palestine

  1. concertguitar

    Are you a covenant breaker?

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    1. I’m an apostate. I used to be Bahá’í, but I am now opposed to religion. How is that relevant here, though?

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  2. concertguitar

    It’s not, I may need to call you for advice.

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