The Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology hosted a Palestinian Art Exhibition to expand and enrich student understanding of history through the art of Palestine. Nineteen exquisite pieces of art from The Exodus and Odyssey Collection of the late Ismail Shammout and Tammam El Akhal were on display, as well as a spectacular display of over 120 of the late Naji Al Ali’s Handala cartoons and caricatures. Tammam El Akhal attended the exhibition, as well as Naji Al Ali’s daughter, Judy Al Ali.
The exhibition was opened by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Tourism Authority. The opening included the screening of a film depicting the history of Palestine through the Exodus and Odyssey art collection.
Guests spoke of the profound effect of the exhibition on them. Athari Obaid, a second year Engineering student, stated “This was the best exhibition ever! I could not hold back my tears at the end of the movie, I hope the College continues to host such wonderful events.” Hala Kalooti, one of the sponsors, explained that in the eighties, AlKhaleej newspaper had a different cartoon from Naji Al Ali every day. Every morning, the first thing she did was open up the newspaper to see the cartoon displayed. She noted, “Coming here today has been a fascinating experience, it is breathtaking to see so many of Naji Al Ali’s pieces in one place!”
The exhibition will continue until December 24th 2009.