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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04158
Date : 27/09/2022
Caption : Gaza. Artwork of the Palestinian artist Mahmoud Al-Haj, entitled "Fragile", 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

Fragile - Mahmoud Al-Haj :
Using a set of delicate, empty medicine cassettes, bearing the meaning of pain and anxiety which have become a common denominator among the world's population today, the "Fragile" project reflects the effects of closure and isolation caused by the occupation, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which in turn forced people worldwide to adopt a lifestyle similar to that of the Palestinians, who have been living in a state of “military quarantine” for decades.

In the framework of this project, I collected empty medicine cassettes from friends and relatives and cut photographs in a construction-like manner, overlaying parts of apartment buildings with open windows cropped from archival photos.

On the one hand, this artwork is a vivid experience of my mental resilience as an artist, reflecting the pain and anxiety rooted and accumulated in urban spaces torn apart by successive wars. It recreates visual compositions using a range of available alternative materials.

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.

Gaza’s Youth: Suspended Lives, Fading Opportunities –Survey Key Findings

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