Patricia Joy Chamberlain
My work is political and is currently centred around Palestine, previously it has covered other areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq and the Arab Spring. It is inspired by the human need to escape oppression and the courage needed to do so. had time in Palestine in 2019 working with children in Arab al-Jahalin, Bethlehem and Hebron; my partners in this residency were Tamar Institute, whose remit is to enable the facilitation of a literary education to Palestinian children in the refugee camps. My struggle is to find a way that streamlines the complexity of the situation in the area and enables me to illustrate it.
The concentration of world power and corporate interests centred in one region, makes it a very interesting place to be in and to portray. I have looked at fragments of life there, to allow me to access which direction I wanted the work to go in.
Thankfully, after studying one year of a two-year part time course, I appear to have found my access point. The work continues to be both experimental and developmental, it is a body of work in progress.
'The Zionist argument to justify Israel's present occupation of Arab/Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history, not even in their own religion', Malcomn X.