Gaza Artists Give Talk At Yokohama Exhibition

Gaza artists give talk at Yokohama exhibition

Three artists from the Gaza Strip visited a Yokohama art gallery on Tuesday to talk about their work and the difficulties of life in the enclave.

Mohammad Al-Hawaziri said he thought it would be impossible to get out of Gaza and visit Japan. He said he is grateful to many people for taking an interest in his home.

He also talked about the fear of Israeli air attacks, and the economic blockade in the Gaza Strip, where unemployment exceeds 50 percent. He said he wants people in Japan to know that art and culture can survive in a conflict zone.

The exhibition features about 40 works by the three artists.

A drawing by Sohail Salem shows a soldier's bandaged leg. The image suggests the wall that Israel says was built to prevent terrorism.

The exhibition at Gallery SHIMIZU in Yokohama will be held until February 26th.