About the Design

01 - Palestine

Hanny used his trash can to tell the story of Palestine. The first side represents how Palestine came into being from nothing. The second side represents his Christian roots and describes the arrival of Jesus Christ in the holy lands. With words “He was and will be” represents how Jesus was and he became everything for everyone. The two fish is a reference to the miracle described in the bible, about how with the arrival of Jesus, fertility and prosperity came to the land of Palestine. The third side of the can is a reference to the simple life of Hanny’s ancestors who were shepherds herding goats and sheep living peacefully in their small villages. The fourth side represents the occupation in 1948. You see characters with sad eyes, and the beginning of conflict on this side. Despite the occupation an overarching divine figure watching is sketched on the lid. Finally, the full 360 degree circle brings the viewer to the first side. This time with additional focus on the words sketched above. It’s meant to be a reference to the infamous “I have a dream!” quote of MLK. However, the words are jumbled, because the people of Palestine no longer know what that dream is anymore or whether it can ever be achieved.

Photo of Basak Unsal

1 - Hanny Al Khourry

About the artist: Hanny Al Khourry

In a humble family in a small village, Khoury was born in 1990 to a Christian minority within an Arab Palestinian minority in the state of “Israel”. Khoury grow up in an environment with sharp and constant debates with everything in the surroundings on social, political, intellectual and literary definitions and a complicated identity conflict. He went to the Church regularly and was active in religious activities which later influenced his works. Within this illogical difference, his interest in art was born.

He lived as a homeless, moving between the two parts of Jerusalem – “Arab” eastern Jerusalem and “Jewish” western Jerusalem. He slept in public places, in harmony with Jerusalem’s character. He used to talk to pilgrims from all over the world. His character matured between the alleys of the streets of Jerusalem – literally – and between the strange stories and miseries he lived, which are reflected today in his works.