Lines, colors, mother

Displaying extraordinary insight, Museum of Israeli Art director Meir Ahronson wrote, “There is nothing more alive than a dead father” in his introduction to Druse artist Asad Azi’s 2009 exhibition “My Father Is a Soldier.” The exhibition reflected Azi’s years of using art to come to terms with the major traumatic event of his life, the violent death of his soldier father when Asad was six years old.Sayah Azi had proudly enlisted in the Border Police in 1956 and was killed while on active duty on May 30, 1961, shot by a Syrian sniper. Asad Azi’s exhibition was composed largely of paintings of his father in uniform, based on one old photograph, with captions like “My Father Is a Dead Soldier” and “Your Dream Killed My Happiness.”

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