Marquez’s piece of art inspired the exhibition “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in Ramallah. The images of the young photographer Nidaa Badwan, the Palestinian artist who spent one year in isolation in her bedroom in Deir Al-Balah, (in the south of Gaza); she reconstructed colorful daily life scenes that are in contrast with the grey reality of people in Gaza during the last conflict with the Israeli State, last summer.
The poet who founded Romanticism, William Wordsworth affirmed that in order to create a piece of art it was necessary to “experience feeling again, calmly”; it seems that Badwan was inspired by his words. Though photography she could recreate her personal world, where there is no war, hidden dangers or tragedies. “I think that everything, even the most simple can be recreated artistically. Art is a creative strength that lets us shape what is normal in an abnormal way”. Photos seem to be portraits; they are full of colors, chiaroscuros and trick of lights that define her stylistic features.
In the young photographer’s world, the most normal activities – as drinking coffee or peeling onions, can become moments of intimacy and solitude, and the public is invited in these feelings. Badwan could easly transform daily routines in unique moments, where time and tragedies do not matter. She force herself to isolation because of violence in Gaza and the climate forced by Hamas ruling the country. “Art is the only mean – declared Badwan – it sets me free from my community and gives me the opportunity to just express myself”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa