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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04152
Date : 27/09/2022
Caption : Gaza. A woman looks at a work entitled "When will the sea respond" by palestinian artist Ala' Al-Shawwa, as part of the "Fenced Off" exhibition.
Photographer : Palm Media
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article:
"Gaza's Youth: Suspended Lives, Fading Opportunities

When will the sea respond - Ala' Al-Shawwa:
This art piece deals with the concept of escaping to the unknown and simulates the experience of suffering that the young generation, displaced from their homeland, go through to escape poverty and unemployment.
It is inspired by pictures of one of the sunken boats carrying young migrants in the Mediterranean Sea
in 2014, southeast of Malta, a boat carrying dozens of Palestinians, including entire families. The work depicts what’s on the families’ minds while at sea: “Why are we missing?”, “Where are our children?”, and many others. The art piece conveys a message to the whole world about how dangerously common this phenomenon has become in recent times amongst not only young people, but also children. The art piece is made up of fabric representing the state of sea waves, dyed in colors that carry certain connotations. It represents boats fighting against the raging waves of
helplessness. We, the shipwrecked, have shared stories and photos in black and white. Every night, we seek and wonder in search of guidance to unenchanted beaches that could bring us back to life in the right place and time.

Fenced Off - Contemporary visual arts exhibition:
The art displayed in this exhibition is the work of twelve young artists from the Gaza Strip who were defined by the closure of the past 15 years. Inspired by this isolation, the artists were stimulated to create art using non-traditional means to embody their reality over the past 15 years.
What you will see is an attempt to answer questions posed by an entire generation longing for freedom, love, dignity, and much more, every day."

ICRC website, article 27-09-2022:
" Gaza’s Youth: Suspended Lives, Fading Opportunities

Gaza – A new online survey conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) found that 9 out of 10 young people from Gaza who took the survey believe their lives are abnormal.

Two thirds of the respondents said they are dependent on their families for income, whilst 40% reported having no hope of finding a job opportunity in the next 15 years.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 6720x4480
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour