“I started to ask myself what kind of artist I wanted to be: an artist with a mission in life or just a good painter?” In looking for the answer to this question, Hazem Harb, after completing his art studies in Rome, began collecting various objects that tell of his country’s past, of Palestine, before its occupation. Photographs, slides, negatives, but also maps of the area dating back to 1600. And objects, a lot of objects, which he found himself or which were donated by Palestinian friends and family from around the world which the artist amassed in his personal archive. But it was only recently that Harb began to insert these objects into his works, contaminating them with colour and form and saving them from oblivion. In the personal exhibition entitled Contemporary Heritage, collages are displayed that were created as a reflection on the concept of legacy and its inevitable fluidity. Harb began with archival photos from Palestine in the 1920s, altering them with various techniques and mediums, carrying those images into the present and giving life to contemporary works of art charged with both documentary and emotional value. A body of work which confirms the artist’s ongoing attention and concern over the Palestinian people.