We are delighted to present an extraordinary collection of recent but unusual paintings by Abed Abdi, all of which have been created in the remote village of Chokako. This remarkable showcase unveils captivating works of Abed Abdi, a leading Palestinian visual artist who hails from the vibrant city of Haifa in Israel, a place with a starkly different color palette, where the sea sparkles in shades of blue and the sky gleams in silver.
Despite the dramatic contrast between his place of origin and his second home in Chokako, Abed’s artistic brilliance knows no bounds. These paintings were born from his repeated stays in the wine-growing village, starting in 2014, where he embraced a new artistic direction that diverged from his usual style. Instead of seeking to capture the social and political realities of his native land, Abed’s attention in these artworks turns to the picturesque landscapes of Chokako.
The second part of the Chokako Collection showcases a distinctive set of artworks, also crafted at the picturesque village of Chokako. However, these pieces diverge from the scenic landscapes of the village (presented in part 1) and instead delve into the subjects that have long haunted Abed Abdi’s artistic pursuits, such as refugees and asylum, war and peace, and other related themes.
As you journey through this segment of the exhibition, you will witness the artist’s masterful ability to infuse emotion and meaning into his compositions, all the while resonating with the viewer on a profound level. Through his art, Abed Abdi invites us to contemplate the universality of human experiences and the complexities of the world we inhabit. Most of the artworks on display depict poignant scenes of sorrowful figures, tormented by the ravages of war and displacement. The profound expressions captured in vibrant colors compel us to confront the harsh realities of the human condition.