Empathy, education and inspiration: One Palestinian’s vision for art in Washington

    These words on Ahmed Hmeedat’s profile page on Washington’s Museum of the Palestinian People website set the tone on what to expect from this Palestinian artist. “As a refugee who lives under occupation and restricted movement, I’ve learned to adapt to the reality around me and express myself with limited means. Art helps me to interpret the complexity of our situation into a simpler form that everyone can relate to. For example, I’ve created murals in the refugee camps in Bethlehem commemorating Palestinian leaders and activists who were killed by Israeli soldiers. These murals stand as a historical document and memorial, and they give comfort to victimised families, providing inspiration long after the death of these figures”:
     
    Ahmed was born and raised in the Dheisheh refugee camp, which was established in 1948 within the city of Bethlehem, and where nearly 20,000 people reside today.
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