Left: The launch of the 21st Palestinian revolution, 1984
Right: Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) 21, 1985

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
(The launch of the 21st Palestinian revolution)
1984
Acrylic on sawdust and glue
93 x 60 cm

(Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) 21)
1985
Acrylic on sawdust and glue
84 x 56.5 cm

Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Overview

The grounded political art of Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara embodies his personal commitment to the Palestinian struggle for liberation and peace.

Zarara served the Jordanian air force military between the 1950s and the 1970s where he was promoted to an aviation technician. He became an active member of the PLO after serving 15 years in the air force. After a short period of time, he developed his sawdust-and-glue relief technique, and used his work to decry the violent suppression of his homeland and promote international solidarity.

The 31 works in this exhibition depict everyday life, weddings, social gatherings and traditional celebrations.

Through these works, Zarara serves and represents historical information and impassioned prose. His works prominently feature a valuable record of an endangered tradition, culture and international solidarity movement with Palestine.

The selection reflects Zarara’s formal technique and visual vocabulary which includes an almost surreal use of the Palestinian keffiyeh often intertwined with weapons or women’s hair and his depiction of rodent-like predatory monsters variously wielding missiles, harassing innocents and dragging along a helpless NATO.

Artwork Images

From the African struggle file

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
1985

Acrylic on sawdust and glue
61.5 x 47 cm
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

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The launch of the 21st Palestinian revolution

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
1984

Acrylic on sawdust and glue
93 x 60 cm
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

The launch of the 21st Palestinian revolution Image

Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) 21

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
1985

Acrylic on sawdust and glue
84 x 56.5 cm
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) 21 Image

Lebanese National Resistance Front

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
1984

Acrylic on sawdust and glue
80 x 49 cm
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Lebanese National Resistance Front  Image

Heritage series Musical ceremony upon arrival of the bride in the groom’s house

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
1985

Acrylic on sawdust and glue
76 x 58 cm
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Heritage series Musical ceremony upon arrival of the bride in the groom’s house Image

Hope and smile

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
1977

Acrylic on sawdust and glue
82.5 x 57.5 cm
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

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  • Publication

    An upcoming publication will provide a comprehensive overview of the artist's work from his early years to the present.

  • On view in this exhibition

    The launch of the 21st Palestinian revolution, 1984
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    55 x 85 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    International Women’s Day, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    63 x 52 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Beirut siege series Beirut withstand, 1982
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    41 x 23 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Beirut siege series Human Rights gift, 1982
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    39 x 26 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Beirut siege series demolishing the Akar building, 1982
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    50 x 22 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Hope and smile, 1977
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    82 x 57 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    The martyr Abu Al-Ra’ad is not dead, 1988
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    82 x 57 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Liberation Movements series South Africa, 1986
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    65 x 46 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    The martyr’s commandment and the rifle remains, 1986
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    80 x 75 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Death in the square massacre of Santiago, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    72 x 42 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Intisar the nurse, 1982
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    76 x 56 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    The execution of the poet Benjamin Moloise, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    42 x 55 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Ahmed Al Zaatar, 1977
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    46 x 33 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Oh homeland, oh night, 1988
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    46 x 33 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Akka the butcher, 1976
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    80 x 60 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Student uprising in Ramallah, 1976
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    57 x 60 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    The 1965 revolution, 1974
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    51 x 40 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    The martyr Raja’a Abu Amasheh, 1976
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    40 x 40 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    The traditional Al Samer dance, 1976
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    83 x 80 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Resistance in Marj Ibn Amer, 1984
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    106 x 74 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Pablo Neruda series, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    69 x 39 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) 21, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    84 x 56 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Heritage series musical ceremony upon arrival of the bride in the groom’s house, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    76 x 58 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Lebanese National Resistance Front, 1984
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    84 x 56 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Till when, 2000
    Mixed media
    74 x 110 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    From the Chilean struggle series, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    80 x 46 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    From the African struggle series, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    74 x 45 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    From the Central America struggle series, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    74 x 45 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    From Port Said to Jerusalem, 1990
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    74 x 45 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Life is no more than a stand for dignity Lebanese Martyr Sana Mheidly, 1985
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    74 x 50 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

    Hiroshima- Nagasaki,U.S Human Rights for the people of Japan, 1986
    Acrylic on sawdust and glue
    74 x 45 cm
    Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

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