Zebda - The Arena of Rumors

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Zebda (زبدة, transliterated Zibdah), the Arabic word for butter (beurre in French), is a play on the word beur, a French slang word referring to French citizens of Arab origin—several of the group's members are of North African and other immigrant descent. As Zebda was originally formed for a community organization and many of the members met through social initiatives and activism, the band remained highly political throughout its existence; Bruce Crumley of the Culture Kiosque has called the group "politically engaged and culturally committed" and "politically progressive."

Source: Wikipedia


Published in: 
France

Source/Credit/Provenance: 
Internet

Number of duplicates: 
0

Related links: 
Wikipedia essay on Zebda

Wellspring: 
International Artists/Agencies

Iconography: 
-Kaffiyeh
-Slingshot/Al Niqafa

Special Collection: 
Sheet Music/Records/Covers/Song Books

Together We Liberate - Together We Build

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 
Arabic translation: (text at top) Together we liberate..together we build. (text at bottom) Fellow voter: Your vote is loyalty.



Meaning:
Two unidentified men stand next to one another.  The man on the left carries a shovel while his neighbor carries a rifle; both are clad in long trousers and boots.  Above them reads, “Together we liberate.”  Below reads, “Together we build” (Fig. 1).  The two men share an identical stance, both driving the tools into the rubble.  The man yielding a shovel stands as a symbol for Lebanon’s post-civil war reconstruction; his ‘weapon’ digs violently into a pile of bricks.  Similarly, the right-hand figure holds his weapon in a downward position, digging into a desolated Star of David.  In the lower left-hand corner, one sees the unmistakable mark of Hezbollah.  The slogan, then, has two partially juxtaposing meanings.  While the poster’s designer asks his viewers to unite in Lebanon’s rebuilding efforts, he also emits a war cry.  Conflict is not over; rather, Lebanon’s true test of peace, victory, and armistice comes with attentive patience. 

 

Now comes the time where reconstruction is equally important to maintaining stability, through violence if necessary.  However, above all else, one must note that the image of the gun, typically portrayed in an upright, anticipatory manner, is facing downward.  Has it been tamed?  Has the artist domesticated the weapon?  Or is he predicting a future where, despite current renovation, conflict is inevitable and the weapon will be of necessity?  Southern Lebanon was still in need of liberation, a substantial struggle still looming over Muslims in the late twentieth century.  Such ambiguity comes into play when examining the majority of visual culture, particularly in an analysis of political posters in the Middle East. 


Source: Momentary Memorials” Political Posters of the Lebanese Civil War and Hezbollah, Megan Elizabeth Miller.

En Memoire Du Grand Caricaturiste Naji Al Ali


Artist/Designer/Photographer: 
Naji al Ali

Language: 
Arabic, English, French

Year: 
1992

Publisher: 
Kufa Gallery (London)

Published in: 
United Kingdom

Source/Credit/Provenance: 
Purchased by Liberation Graphics

Status/Acquisition Goals: 
The PPPA has an original copy of this poster/item
 

Original Copy Location: 
Portfolio 4101 - 4200

Original Copy Number: 
4120

Number of duplicates: 
0

Wellspring: 
Palestinian Nationalist Artists/Agencies

Iconography: 
-Woman/Female
-Key
-Barbed wire

Special Collection: 
-Naji Al Ali
-Exhibits/Exhibitions/Art Shows
-Refugees/Camps
-Handala

Army of Mohammed

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 
Turkish translation: Go, tell the Israelis: We are the Army of Mohammed and we are moving towards Jerusalem. Martyr Abbas Musawi.


Second International Puppet Festival - Palestine

Palestinian Affairs Magazine - شؤون الفلسطينية

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Palestinian Affairs (Shu'un Filastinyya) is a quarterly magazine issued by the PLO's Palestine Research Center (PRC). The magazine publishes articles (in Arabic) related to Palestinian politics, culture, economics, international relations, and other subjects. Issues 1 (1971) through 135-136 (March-April 1983) were published in Beirut. The publication moved to Nicosia, Cyprus after a car bomb attack on the Center in February 1983, which killed eight staff members. It resumed publication in the summer of 1985. Publication stopped with Issue 244-245 (July-August 1993) for financial reasons, but resumed again in Ramallah in November 2011. The long-time director of the PRC was Sabri Jiryis and editors of Shu'un Filastiniyya included Anis Sayyigh and Mahmoud Darwish, and others involved included Faisal Hourani, Bilal al-Hassan, and Mahmoud al-Khatib. The General Union of Palestinian Plastic Artists consulted on the selections of the cover art from the 1980s onward.

Rochelle Davis, Louisa Ainsworth, Andy Marimoto and Jessica Michek organized the technical preparation of this Special Collection.


Palestinian Affairs Magazine - شؤون الفلسطينية

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Palestinian Affairs (Shu'un Filastinyya) is a quarterly magazine issued by the PLO's Palestine Research Center (PRC). The magazine publishes articles (in Arabic) related to Palestinian politics, culture, economics, international relations, and other subjects. Issues 1 (1971) through 135-136 (March-April 1983) were published in Beirut. The publication moved to Nicosia, Cyprus after a car bomb attack on the Center in February 1983, which killed eight staff members. It resumed publication in the summer of 1985. Publication stopped with Issue 244-245 (July-August 1993) for financial reasons, but resumed again in Ramallah in November 2011. The long-time director of the PRC was Sabri Jiryis and editors of Shu'un Filastiniyya included Anis Sayyigh and Mahmoud Darwish, and others involved included Faisal Hourani, Bilal al-Hassan, and Mahmoud al-Khatib. The General Union of Palestinian Plastic Artists consulted on the selections of the cover art from the 1980s onward.

Rochelle Davis, Louisa Ainsworth, Andy Marimoto and Jessica Michek organized the technical preparation of this Special Collection.


Palestinian Affairs Magazine - شؤون الفلسطينية

Translation/Interpretation/Caption Text: 

Palestinian Affairs (Shu'un Filastinyya) is a quarterly magazine issued by the PLO's Palestine Research Center (PRC). The magazine publishes articles (in Arabic) related to Palestinian politics, culture, economics, international relations, and other subjects. Issues 1 (1971) through 135-136 (March-April 1983) were published in Beirut. The publication moved to Nicosia, Cyprus after a car bomb attack on the Center in February 1983, which killed eight staff members. It resumed publication in the summer of 1985. Publication stopped with Issue 244-245 (July-August 1993) for financial reasons, but resumed again in Ramallah in November 2011. The long-time director of the PRC was Sabri Jiryis and editors of Shu'un Filastiniyya included Anis Sayyigh and Mahmoud Darwish, and others involved included Faisal Hourani, Bilal al-Hassan, and Mahmoud al-Khatib. The General Union of Palestinian Plastic Artists consulted on the selections of the cover art from the 1980s onward.

Rochelle Davis, Louisa Ainsworth, Andy Marimoto and Jessica Michek organized the technical preparation of this Special Collection.