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Stitches characterize scars in Beirut blast survivor’s artwork present


Palestinian artist Majd Abdel Hamid, a survivor of the 2020 Beirut blast, has opened his first solo present in Brussels this month, with shows of embroidery and video installations to convey the passage of time.

Born in Syria and now based mostly in Beirut, 33-year-old visible artist Majd Abdel Hamid embroiders materials he collects and objects he finds, from cushions to kitchen towels.

At occasions vibrant and at different occasions simply white on white, they’re designed as an summary depiction of time and the locations he has been, referring to wars, political and financial crises and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Palestinian artist Majd Abdel Hamid at his exhibition “A Sew in Occasions” in Brussels. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

“It’s been like an acceleration of traumas. It’s not even one trauma that you’ve got. It’s been fairly difficult to course of what has occurred and how are you going to cope with it,” Abdel Hamid informed Reuters TV.

Abdel Hamid was injured within the explosion of ammonium nitrate saved at Beirut port in August 2020, with wood fragments nonetheless caught beneath a scar on his head. The embroidery stitches in his “A Sew in Occasions” characterize psychological and bodily scars.

The present at an exhibition area of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermes, behind the Hermes retailer in Brussels would be the first displaying of all his work.

Palestinian artist, Palestinian artist Majd Abdel Hamid, Majd Abdel Hamid artist The embroidery stitches in his “A Sew in Occasions” characterize psychological and bodily scars. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Abdel Hamid describes embroidery as a “timeless medium”, a gradual technique of doing and undoing. One show piece, “Salt of the Earth”, present threads suspended and crystallised by salt.

One other reveals him unthreading white mattress sheets in his dwelling.

“Embroidery is all the time used to have a good time the pleasure of a rustic, the pleasure of the household, it’s about motifs. If you embroider uncooked actuality, dramatic conditions or violence, it creates rigidity,” he mentioned.

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