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Dear Yassin, יאסין יקירי, 2022
Drawing pencil, acrylic, and woodcuts, 125 cm x 180 cm
In collaboration with patients from Department A who chose to remain anonymous.
A wooden triptych consisting of a combination of patient records from class A, with drawings and engravings by the artist. The work is based on photographs of buildings from Kfar Shaul and historical photographs. Shira processed and enlarged the patients' records into the wood-engraved image and combined them with images from the Palestinian past of Kfar Shaul Kadir Yassin: an image of traditional houses and refugee caravans.
"Dear Yassin" is a specific and charged addressee that expresses the historical timeline in the area of Kfar Shaul/Dir Yassin. The double story is also present for the patients staying between the buildings in the hospital spaces. Presence of past and present at the same time as moves within him seemingly towards recovery.
She chose a classic media for a visual text book - a wall painting in the technique of drawing with pencils. On the same substrate - engravings, which register like injuries, allows the viewer to connect to the space of pain.
The images are strong and realistic. Raptor, man-made Palestinian buildings, and figures. And indeed, universal images and every image becomes almost a symbol. But in Shira's way of working, these images have depth not only visual but physical on the surface. These are the scars that outline the eagle in the movement of spreading its wings engraved into the depth of the fibers of the wood panel. The drawings of the building in the engravings also return and create the tension between them and the spotted white drawing of a refugee convoy of women and children, on the dark and black palette as an abyss.
In the black palette, the delicate drawing in gray pencil of stone buildings with domed roofs that allow us to decipher the space as apparently pastoral, the engravings are deeper, more violent, without orientation on the board and these are the transcriptions of the work of patients who worked with poetry and recorded the village buildings following photographs. The work is now displayed across several buildings in the center of the village. After the end of the exhibition, it will be moved to the dining room of the village team for a permanent residence.
** The title of the work is from Marova Zohar's book "Wonder is, always has been, infinite like sorrow".
Images by: Lena gomon