Abdul Hay Mosallam

Palestine 1933 - Amman 2020.

"In one of Abdul Hay Mosallam’s compositionally most daring works, The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi (1978), emblems of Palestinian culture and indicators of the popular struggle whirl ecstatically around a focal point, a red eye expressing the shahid’s invincible strength. An aesthetic of signification is transformed into the aesthetic implementation of unimpeded unruliness. This is the most significant feature of Abdul Hay Mosallam’s works: the violent and uncalled-for intrusion of moments of convulsive beauty (to use a surrealist term) upon a communicative setting of symbols and emblems".

Excerpt from 'Transitions and Translations', Ulrich Loock, Arab Art Histories, Khalid Shoman Foundation, 2013