Saturday, January 27, 2007

Shiite Women Mourning

Oil on Canvas
60” x 40”

A field of Iraqi women in mourning. The shinny cross is meant to imply a sword.

Shiite women's sacred mourning rituals are amazing. The women pound their chests, sob and chant couplets and texts. These lamentations link today's Shiite women across time through fourteen centuries, as each new death is transformed into a new narrative which is added to existing memories and then passed on through the generations.

We can learn from these women who have continued to resist and to hope despite unimaginable suffering. They remain strong and defiant, teaching us how to say No to those forces that would deny us of justice, hope and, ultimately life.
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