Making sense of a turbulent world, one stitch at a time

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Making sense of a turbulent world, one stitch at a time

A Palestinian artist and Beirut blast survivor is using embroidery to depict the traumatic experiences he has endured

Marine Strauss

Palestinian artist Majd Abdel Hamid, a survivor of the 2020 Beirut blast, opened his first solo show in Brussels this month, with displays of embroidery and video installations to convey the passage of time.

Born in Syria and now based in Lebanon, the 33-year-old visual artist embroiders fabrics he collects and items he finds, from cushions to kitchen towels.

At times colourful and at others just white on white, they are designed as an abstract depiction of time and the places he has been, touching on wars, political and economic crises and the Covid-19 pandemic...

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