mixed media on embroidery fabric
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
This is my block in the UDHR Quilt project led by Tal Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Dunlap to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and promote awareness of violations happening all over the world. On my block of the quilt, I have hand embroidered the traditional Palestinian motif of the star of Bethlehem across the sky. Article 5 is stenciled on the separation wall representing the significance of graffiti and street art as a tool of communication in the public sphere in Palestine. More traditional Palestinian embroidery, such as Cyprus trees and ‘the walls of Jerusalem’ motifs run along the bottom of the panel under the wall representing the Palestinian land. Although Israel fails to comply with most of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, the violation of Article 5 is a succinct summation of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people on their native land since 1948.
Now on view at the Museum of Australian Democracy. It is included on one of the four quilts of the “The #UDHRquilt Project: Craftivism, Quilts & Human Rights” exhibition.