Artist Lina Abojaradeh’s dream is to redesign the destroyed homes across her homeland. The story of a young emigrant born in Amman and grown up in the Usa.
by Giovanni Vigna
Modena, 20th of March 2015, Nena News – Lina Abojaradeh, 20 years old, is a Palestinian girl who has never been in Palestine, because she was born in Amman and she moved to the Usa with her parents when she was 3 years old. After some time her family came back to Middle East and currently Lina is studying Architecture in the University of Jordan. This is nothing new, that’s a story of emigration and changes rather common in the Palestinians families, obligated to leave their country. The distinctive trait of Lina Abojaradeh is her artistic ability in painting wonderful and coloured drawings, that have become very popular, often soaked with anger and sorrow for the oppression in which her people lives.
How did you develop your passion for art? How do you express your art?
Moving from a western country to an arab one was a hard transition. At first it was hard to fit in, and I always felt like i couldn’t express myself, and so art was my expression. It started out as a passing hobby, but the more I did it the more I realized i loved it. I kept getting better, but the thing that made me want to pursue it was the meaning I learned art could have. I could effect change through my art, I could speak out and make a statement. I express my art through my paintings and my poetry, but anything artistic interests me, so I would love to learn more about photography and animation.
How would you explain the connection between your art and the Palestinians’ struggle for freedom?
I feel like all people have a responsibility to give whatever they have for the Palestinian cause. And for me, what I can give is my art. Through my art I can make the Palestinian cause relatable to people who might not even know anything about it. Through it I can express my anger, sorrow and sadness on behalf of palestinians. Art in itself can be a resistance, it can light up hope, it can renew passion, and it can evoke sympathy.
Does your art have a social effect?
I’d like to believe that it does. Maybe an individual somewhere who was misinformed about the Israeli-Palestine conflict happened upon one of my drawings and decided to look further into it. Maybe a kid somewhere who likes to draw is inspired to draw for palestine. As long as my art has made a positive impact in one person, I’m happy. It’s all about keeping the dialogue about Palestine alive. We have to be the media that shares the side that isn’t shown in mainstream media. We have to realize that we have this power.
What will you do when you “grow up”? How do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope that by 10 years I will have opened up an art exhibitions for my art for Palestine across different regions. I’d love to publish a book of my paintings accompanied by my poetry, or even a children’s book about Palestine with my illustrations. My one wish and ambition as an architecture student is to one day help redesign and rebuild the destroyed homes across Palestine.
How do you live your life as a young Palestinian who has never been in Palestine?
I live it through hearing the stories of Jaffa from my grandfather, and from seeing old photographs of his life growing up. I am continously following the happenings in Palestine and sharing news, and that makes me feel close to it. I want to make my homeland proud through my accomplishments. And I live with the hope that one day I will feel its earth beneath my feet. Nena News