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It has come to my attention that my artwork from the series “Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolor” has been shared on social media, correctly attributed to my name but erroneously eliminating the context and adding insignia that is in direct conflict with the nature of this art project.
Those who have viewed my art in the Palestine Chronicle, which was the first outlet to feature the watercolour impressions, will have read about how this series started and eventually became a permanent work in progress that seeks to impart the feelings of Palestinian memory. The paintings are my expression that is inspired by the people.
For this reason, I have also decided that none of the original artwork in this particular series will be for sale. It is important that the expression remains complete as, after all, art is also a stance. 
If this particular series is to remain authentic, then it must mirror the essence of memory. Without feeling, all one is left with is a series of dissociated events. 
The project is entirely independent and seeks no affiliation to any entity.  
I have no problem with the artwork being shared – my appreciation to all who have shared with the aim of furthering Palestinian memory. 
It is morally unacceptable, however, that the art is taken out of context and juxtaposed against emblems that compromise the nature of this independent project. 
Ramona Wadi
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The Wound Before Winter (Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolour- Part 2)

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Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolour

 

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The spirit of return

SPIRIT OF RETURN (Ramona)

 

To Palestinians,

As a journalist with a specific focus on Palestine, historical narrative and collective memory, my aim is to continue emphasizing the importance of creating spaces for Palestinian voices to be heard.

This also means that we who are not Palestinians have the obligation to ensure that furthering the cause carries with it the responsibility of reflection.

To return to the source – the land and the people in a narrative of belonging – I am calling upon Palestinians to participate in this project by sharing memories, photographs, thoughts, stories and anything that is directly related to historic Palestine and return.

To bring historic Palestine to the helm through narratives and art, I intend to embark upon a new collection of writings and watercolor paintings which are directly derived from Palestinians’ memories and narratives.

This book project seeks to explore “Palestinian memory: a return to historic Palestine”.

In 2017, I created a series of paintings that were published in the Palestine Chronicle themed “Impressions of Palestinian Memory in Watercolour”. At a time when Palestinians are becoming increasingly marginalised, I sought to depict the emotions concealed behind external impositions upon the land and the people.

My role as a writer and artist will be to depict the impressions of Palestinian narratives in a way which complements and supports the legitimate Palestinian struggle.

For many decades, the international narrative has obscured the many facets of the Palestinian right of return.

This project aims to impart the return to historic Palestine through Palestinian voices by following the impact of the narrative.

For queries and participation, please email me on metaphoricalart@gmail.com

With gratitude and appreciation,

Ramona Wadi

Freelance journalist and watercolor artist.

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