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The Eternal by Saher Nassar
The Eternal (2021) by Saher Nassar
40 x 33 cm
FineArt paper, 320 gsm
Limited to 100 editions, hand-signed by the artist
- $30 flat fee for local delivery within Ramallah and Dubai (3-5 days)
- $95 flat fee for international shipping (7-10 days)
- Ships unframed
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The Eternal by Saher Nassar
The Eternal by Saher Nassar is the artist’s tribute to Palestinian caricaturist Naji al-Ali, celebrating his bravery and gallant freedom of expression. Naji represented an unwavering stance when drawing what he believed in with his continued criticism of his enemies and friends, leading to his assassination in London in 1987.
Naji is perhaps most renowned for his iconic character “Handala,” a depiction of a Palestinian child with his back turned, forever stuck at the same age when he was exiled from his homeland. Every Palestinian knows Handala, who became a symbol of resistance and outrage in the face of injustice.
The artist has created a version of Naji’s character with a half-mortal side and the other half where he lives for eternity.
From approximately 1975 through 1987 Naji Al-Ali created cartoons that depict the complexities of the plight of Palestinian refugees.
These cartoons are still relevant today and Handala, the refugee child who is present in every cartoon, remains a potent symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people for justice and self-determination.
The Symbolic Legacy of Handala: Naji Al-Ali’s Unconventional Icon
Naji Al-Ali wrote: “The child Handala is my signature, everyone asks me about him wherever I go.
However, I gave birth to this child in the Gulf and I presented him to the people.
His name is Handala and he has promised the people that he will remain true to himself.
The drawing of Handala
Despite, I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Indeed, Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed, or pampered child.
He is barefooted like the refugee camp children, and he is an icon that protects me from making mistakes.
Even though he is rough, he smells of amber. Moreover, his hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way.”
Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up.
The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns.
I presented him to the poor and named him Handala as a symbol of bitterness. At first, he was a Palestinian child, but Finally, his consciousness developed to have a national and then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.