Gaza’s scarred ballerinas: artist does not dance around the issue

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Gaza’s scarred ballerinas: artist does not dance around the issue

The painter depicts women who ‘live in a ticking bomb’

Nidal Al Mughrabi

Palestinian artist Abeer Jebril’s dark-coloured paintings show ballerinas chained in barbed wire, dancing on rocks or facing barricades to mirror what she calls the “ticking bomb” reality for women in Gaza.

She hopes her portraits will bring attention to the social and political problems women face in Gaza, home to two million people and devastated by wars and economic restrictions.

The artist said her work also depicts restrictions that women face within the family and the community there, a traditionally conservative territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas group since 2007...

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