Children of War, Children of Peace (1996) - Palestinian Artist Laila Shawa
In this series, Laila Shawa tackles the consequences the Israeli occupation leaves on Palestinian children and the plights they go through living under the constant threat of its inhumanity. The child in the series is a boy whom she encountered carrying a stick in a refugee camp in Gaza, positioned against what seems to be graffiti from the streets of Gaza. Pop art is highly influencing this series as can be noticed through the change in background and subject colors.
Unfortunately there has been no change in these children’s lives and the trauma and dispossession has carried on. The only apparent difference in the streets of Gaza was the change in the colour of the graffiti which became brighter. However the misery, poverty and the trauma of violence remained. - LS
The solo exhibition “Thinking Matters” — which represents another step in Nikolaus Gansterer’s visual research — explores in detail the relationship between drawing, thought and action. His work is a true example of interdisciplinary studies; it is the result of a close confrontation between socio-humanistic, scientific and artistic disciplines from which the artist takes single methodologies and applies to these his unique, higly personal artistic language. The result of this work is an installation which occupies the entire space: the work is composed of autonomous elements which, contemporaneously, are tiles of a vaster mosaic which the artist has developed specially for the gallery space.