The Olive Tree as a Symbol in the Works of Tagreed Darghouth

The Olive Tree as a Symbol in the Works of Tagreed Darghouth
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The ‘strange fruit’ that lends its name to this exhibition, the first monographic exhibition in Dubai for Darghouth, is that of the olive tree. This plant, in fact, is central to the work, principally acrylic on canvas, created by the artist and on display at the Tabari Art Space. A tree of immense symbolic value through which the Lebanese painter seeks to communicate important concepts regarding the socio-political realities of the Middle East. Pastoral images alternate with others in which the trees are mutilated, destroyed, wounded; a technique which tells of the uprooting of approximately 800,000 olive trees, starting in 1967, from occupied Palestine. For Darghouth, painting is a potent means of communication and artists have an obligation to draw attention to difficult and complex issues, sometimes even uncomfortable ones. In Strange Fruit, it is both evident and outwardly declared, the inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh and the olive trees that the Dutch painter depicted in 1889 during his stay at a psychiatric hospital in the south of France and the idea of this plant as a symbol of the cycle of life.
Alessandra Migliorini - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Dubai