- Posted August 3, 2014 by
SW Orlando, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gaza Strip Artist Tawfik A. Gebreel Reconciles Drawings Through Analysis
Gaza Strip-based artist Tawfik A. Gebreel (BA Architecture Islamic University, Gaza '10, MA Architecture in Interior Design '13), is a 27 year old whose drawings made with thorough and careful analysis of the current devastating Gaza Crisis which has caused more than 700 hundred souls killed by mass murder using weapons of mass destruction in the never ending conflict of the volatile Middle East.
An area that was once blessed with purity and light for having Joseph and Maria witness the most amazing of birthdays that humanity had ever seen with the enlightening presence of the most famous person in the history of planet Earth, Jesus of Nazareth, is a place that needs to heal soon through spiritual and financial collaboration.
Fellow artist, Tawfik Gebreel told me that by observing the scenes of disasters that only compare to science fiction war movies, explosions burst like thunder leaving lines of smoke up in the sky which Gebreel, 27, recreates with his love and spirit to reconcile through his work the love and compassion for his fellow men, innocent women and children that are no longer with us is not only depressing but inadmissible to our 21st century advanced understanding of what it means to be human and what it is to have an elevated calibration of human consciousness.
Gebreel and his fellow artists' friends are sending their prayers for everyone who lives in the Holy Land of JESUSCHRIST and Muḥammad ibn `Abd Allāh.
"The aim of this artwork is to mitigate the burden on citizens to broadcast hope in the soul, and to send a humanitarian message," Gebreel told me, by using images of disaster and disgrace and turning them into evident examples of "occupier art," as he said.
Gebreel wants to do international exhibitions and my advice for him was to get in touch with universities and nonprofit organizations that would be interested in a conceptual show conceived with a two-way purpose: to educate the public about the situation in Gaza through his images, and secondly, benefiting Gebreel's dilapidated community by helping them recover from this tragedy.
Now, that this original entry is being published on CNN's online platform CNNiReport, I also hope to receive feedback from the long list of WUM's contacts that would be interested in exhibiting Gebreel's photographs.
Ben Abounassif, the Venezuelan-Lebanese contemporary artist is currently in Lebanon for four months to be present and share with his family during the spiritual and meditative celebration of Ramadan, the strict fasting observed from sunrise to sunset.
"Our family is praying for this to be over and he expressed compassionate condolences to his fellow Arabic and Jewish friends of the world and invited them to do the same," he told me via Skype.
Abounassif, 49, is a perfect example for reconciliation of faiths because he was raised in Caracas where he attended high school and shared his Muslim faith respecting every person's right to worship GOD through unconditional love and compassionate action.
He adores JESUSCHRIST and he prays daily with his mother and father reading the Holy Scriptures of the Islamic sacred book dictated to the Prophet Muhammad by the Archangel Gabriel which is written down in Arabic, Abounassif's native language that he fluently speaks with his friends, family and locals from his two residences located in Beirut and in Lebanon's peaceful Gazzeh.
Colombian-born celebrated sculptor Ronny Vayda said on his Facebook page that he was seeing that even amongst us we are divided in the interpretation of this conflict bringing prejudice and bias, Vayda said, "Let's all Facebook people wired on the web use this technology to express love to others and pray together for peace," he added.
Milly Cardoso, the director of the UM Gallery in Wynwood said that the gallery would welcome Gebreel to exhibit at the University of Miami but that he needs to submit a formal project proposal for consideration.
Also from Wynwood, Dina Mitrani, the well-known Wynwood-based gallerist expert in conceptual photography said that Gebreel's work is complex and that she really did not know about who would be interested in his work.
"It seems [that] we are being bombarded by these kinds of images all over the news and social media and what everyone really wants is peace, so prayers to bring peace," she said.
To see a complete set of images by Gebreel and his friends, go to WUM.