July 18, 2012
Posted: July 17, 2012 | Author: barenakedislam
Looks like the infamous Pallywood propaganda machine has come to the art world. In Toronto, there is an art exhibition called ‘A Child’s View of Gaza.’ Nobody who knows anything about art, believes that most of these drawings were done by children under 12, totally unassisted by adults. What say you?
Algemeiner (H/T Susan K) Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is delighted to announce the presentation at Alternative Grounds Café of a fascinating exhibition of drawings by children from Gaza. Each drawing reflects different aspects of a child’s life in Gaza and the impact of the ongoing blockade on their daily lives.
A Child’s View from Gaza also offers a child’s perspective on the Israeli offensive against Gaza, which took place from December 27th, 2008 to January 17th, 2009. Each drawing is unique in its perspective and details.
When these pictures were shown in Oakland last year, they did not appear to be drawn by children, or at the very least some of them may have been drawn under the heavy influence of adults who created the motifs for children to copy.
One obvious example was this one: It is a direct copy, with a lot of standard anti-Zionist embellishments, of a poster by anti-semitic cartoonist Carlos Latuff (above right).
Most of the pieces seem to be way too sophisticated to have been drawn by children at all.
An art professor said:
The authenticity of the painting is remarkable for a child’s hand. The drawing of the planes and helicopters, the man in the tower, the dynamic brushstrokes that are well conceived and controlled all seem to project a more mature approach to art. Could these “children” be in their late teens, college age, or young adults [MECA says they were 9 to 11 years old]? According to the the quote, “much of the artwork was produced by children.” I wonder how “much”? Also, it is possible that the “children” were directed by an adult who supervised and perhaps completed the initial drawing?
A long time avocational artist said:
These drawings don’t look like those of unusually accomplished children. They look like trained artists imitating the style of a child.
The sureness of the color application — especially in the dense, complicated scenes (which are obviously all done by the same person) — is at variance with the primitive (faux-primitve, frankly) nature of the sketching. It’s the use of color especially that gives it away to me as the product of an older person. But the complexity of the composition in the big scenes is uncharacteristic of 9-11-year-olds as well. Certainly the politicized content is atypical.
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