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AL'AMTHAL

 

Ink on Paper, 2020-Ongoing

 

An important feature of Arabic language and culture, phrases (Al'Amthal) like these are used as a common form of communication in everyday speech. Some are shared across regions, others are specific to their own dialect and include nuanced and unique grammatical features. Drawn from a collection of Judaeo-Arabic phrases used in the Syrian Jewish community of Aleppo and Damascus, these are largely no longer in use by the community itself. After a forced relocation to the US after 2,000 years in Syria, the contemporary Syrian Jews' language has largely assimilated exclusively into English. Using these phrases in artworks is a way to ensure that they aren't forgotten altogether.

These phrases were also used in a series of 22 spray painted murals on the streets of Jerusalem, created during residency with ArtBnb (see under Street Art).

 

What's Past Is Dead
What's Past Is Dead

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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Paradise Without People Cannot Be Endured
Paradise Without People Cannot Be Endured

2022, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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A Month in Which You Have No Trade, Don't Count its Days
A Month in Which You Have No Trade, Don't Count its Days

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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The Stone of an Olive Can Support a Large Jar
The Stone of an Olive Can Support a Large Jar

2023, Ink on Paper, 10x14"

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The Lazy One is an Advice Giver
The Lazy One is an Advice Giver

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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The Crazy Person Speaks On. The Wise One... Listens
The Crazy Person Speaks On. The Wise One... Listens

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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He Who Receives The Strokes is Not Like He Who Only Counts Them
He Who Receives The Strokes is Not Like He Who Only Counts Them

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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Patience Can Move Mountains
Patience Can Move Mountains

2022, Ink on Paper, 22x30", Private Collection

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He Who Receives The Strokes is Not Like He Who Only Counts Them, Detail
He Who Receives The Strokes is Not Like He Who Only Counts Them, Detail

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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What's Past Is Dead, Detail
What's Past Is Dead, Detail

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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Paradise Without People Cannot Be Endured, Detail
Paradise Without People Cannot Be Endured, Detail

2022, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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What's Past Is Dead, Detail
What's Past Is Dead, Detail

2023, Ink on Paper, 11x14"

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Patience Can Move Mountains, Detail
Patience Can Move Mountains, Detail

2022, Ink on Paper, 22x30"

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