However Beaten Down She Stands Back Up

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Arabic translation: However beaten down she stands back up

Artists' Statement:

In this series of posters actual press images were reworked as either linoleum print or scratchboard illustrations. Each poster contains images of despair mixed with symbols of hope and resistance. Corporations profiting from the occupation of Palestine are listed based on their references in the image. A Lebanese proverb is coupled with the image to show solidarity with the Palestinian people. Square kufi was chosen for its bold quality but also its link to the historical representation of the local language. English and Arabic are used expressly to speak to either the colonized or the colonizer. This is in contrast to much printed matter in Lebanon which is bilingual as a “service” to the colonizers and compradors, French and Anglo-Saxon. Listed company: BULLDOZERS/COLONIST TRANSPORT: Volvo; Göteborg, Sweden.

The signs of resistance pictured include the olive tree itself as well as the setting sun, always destined to rise again.

Concept, research, calligraphy, typography, layout, and poster manifestation reflect the collaborative efforts of the "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" project group of Jamaa al-Yad

Curator's note: The original photographic version of this poster may be viewed here