Known for his thought-provoking work, Spanish artist Pejac recently flew to Middle East where he created a series of pieces at the very heart of Al-Hussein, a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan.
Officially established in 1952, the Jabal el-Hussein is one of many refugee camps that created after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War to accommodate the Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 Palestinian exodus. Today the camp houses more than 51.000 refugees, an increasing number that reflects the seriousness of this never-ending conflict that today affects nearly 2.000.000 Palestinians living in 58 recognised Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
”With these four small interventions i am trying to tell a minimalistic story about the Palestinian refugees in Al Hussein. By removing small areas of the “skin” of the houses i want to transform the paint chipping, produced by the passage of time, into evocative landscapes and transmit the pride of its inhabitants through the walls.” Pejac
By removing small areas of the façade and mixing them with the natural erosion of the walls Pejac manages to create poetic images that aim to portray the everyday lives and experiences of the refugees and that show everything from playful kit running, to the painful migration, enormous bulldozers constantly changing the landscape to the constantly shrinking image of the Palestinian map. A strong reminder of what this prolonged conflict means for them.
This project was made with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Amman, Jordan.
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