Caledoniyya

The art of olive harvests

The olive harvest is a trope that features heavily in Palestinian art, whether it is the triptychs of Sliman Mansour or the patchwork groves of Nabil Anani (to name but a few).

Watch Tower, by Sliman Mansour (2011)

Watch Tower, by Sliman Mansour (2011)

The Bride of Jerusalem, by Nabil Anani (2011)

The Bride of Jerusalem, by Nabil Anani (2011)

Drawing on the photography medium, Nik Pickard’s exhibition Palestinian Olive Harvest, presents a collection every bit as evocative and glorious.

Nablus Hills, by Nik Pickard

Showing in London at The Arab British Centre between 23 February and 6 March, the images take you to the groves around Nablus.

En route to Al Rameh village, by Nik Pickard

But while the vista is sumptuous, the challenges are never far away:

Taysir Arbasi, who leads olive grove tours for the British company Zaytoun, which sells fair trade Palestinian goods in Britain, claims that olive farmers face confiscation of water and refusal of access to their land. In the past week, Taysir says, 10,000 olive trees have been uprooted by Israeli groups.

If, like me, you are unfortunate enough to be missing the exhibition, pop over here, to see a good selection of the images.

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This entry was posted on February 27, 2015 by in Palestine, Photography and tagged , , , , .
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