Herakut | Eyes Of Gaza. “They say that the eyes are the organs of asking. But after certain horrendous events, eyes tell stories that live in a place beyond words.” -Greg Beals. To tell the story of children and people living in Gaza Strip, one must go beyond the statistics to see the human cost of conflict and look at the hope and the strength that still exists in the eyes of Palestinians. As part of a street art project implemented by aptART and AKUT, youth and adults in Gaza painted walls with stories, ideas and questions. The walls speak of strength, courage, forgiveness, hope and the desire for freedom. The eyes of children who participated in the project were also painted across the walls. Their eyes ask for acknowledgement as they tell the story of Gaza, a story that can only exist if you look for it. The people of Gaza see you. Can you see them?
The project was implemented by aptART (Awareness & Prevention Through Art) and photographer/artist Falk Lehmann (AKUT) with the assistance Palestinian artist duo Anwar Yehya and Hamzah Mansour in association with Mercy Corps and Kaynouna Arab Art Therapy.
All photos by Falk Lehmann
Herakut | Eyes Of Gaza