ESTHER’S FRIENDS at PARALLEL VIENNA
present I smelled this 2020
by OSAMA ZATAR VIENNA
This piece is part of a new series of works dealing with children and childhood in the shadow of war and conflict.The playfulness of children, even in times of conflict remains a deep childhood memory of mine. Even in the most impossible of realities, young minds are able to find creative solutions.Triggered by my own childhood experiences, and in addition to the current COVID-19 crisis, this sculpture presents a young boy wearing a mask against tear gas in which he has placed an onion.
Gaza’s onion boy: My goal is to take back my grandparents’ landImage of Mohamed Ayyash using an onion mask to protect himself from Israeli tear gas went viral on social media.
Osama Zatar*1980 Born in Ramallah,Palestine.Lives and works in Vienna
Education and Awards:
2014 – Diplom Mag of Art Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
2008 -2014 – Studying in the Academyof Fine Arts Vienna,
class Prof. Heimo Zobernig
2005 -Studied stone sculpting with Paul Taylor and worked as a studio
1996 – 97 -Studied in Jerusalem carpentry and architectural drawing.
© WOSAMA 2020
Der Nationalismus schottet uns von einander ab
Who am I?
I was born in 1980 in occupied Palestine. Borders, checkpoints and the feeling of being caged has been a constant experience throughout my life and naturally became a main subject of my artistic work.My personal struggle against borders increased in the past years. My marriage to an Israeli woman emphasized how separated and segregated Palestinians and Israelis are from each other. My personal fight to break those borders and my struggle to leave Palestine has driven me to concentrate on my artistic work, as a tool of communication with my surrounding, to speak out against these forces.
ESTHER’S FRIENDS at PARALLEL VIENNA 2020
presented by EstherArtNewsletter ArtNetWorking
With artists from my collection:
Anna Attar • Amnon David Ar • Alfredo Barsuglia • Gianluca Capozzi • Rudi Cotroneo • Christian Eisenberger • Hans Glaser • Franz Graf • Mario Grubisic • Yves Hayat • Behruz Heschmat • Wolfgang Herzig • Olivia Kaiser • Merlin Kratky • Larissa Leverenz • Iddo Markus • Fabian Erik Patzak • Florian Raditsch • Hubert Scheibl • Stylianos Schicho • Karen Holländer Schnur • Martin Schnur • Felix Theile • Martin Veigl • Eva Wagner •Nazim Unal Yilmaz • Osama Zatar
Curated by Esther Attar-Machanek
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Text about the Exhibition by Wolfgang Koch
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