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Alina Gallo // BA '05

Alina Gallo had an exhibition of her paintings at Jamjar Gallery in Dubai, UAE, and the Portland Museum of Art Biennial "Piecework" in 2013. Her miniature paintings tell contemporary stories of the Arab Spring using classical egg tempera technique traditionally for illuminating historical and religious texts of the region. Gallo refers to Western views of Eastern identity through histories, politics, and interests, contextualizing and diffusing the separation through this visual language.

Mohamad Bouazizi, artwork by Alina GalloMohamed Bouazizi

On December 17, 2010, merchant Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. His act became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring, inciting demonstrations and riots leading then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down on January 14, 2011, after twenty-three years in power.

Media: egg tempera on birch panel, 7 by 5 inches, 2012


Kandahar Massacre, artwork by Alina GalloKandahar Massacre

Early in the morning of Sunday, March 11, 2012, seventeen civilians were killed and five wounded in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Among the dead were four men, four women, two boys, and seven girls. A respected village elder lost eleven family members in the attack. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was taken into custody and charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder.

Media: egg tempera on birch panel, 7 by 5 inches, 2012


Destruction of Homs, artwork by Alina GalloThe Destruction of Homs

Veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin stands in Homs, one of the most badly shelled Syrian civilian populations by the Syrian government. She was killed on February 22, 2012, going back to get her shoes from a bombed building. Her final recorded dispatch sent from Homs covered the deaths of children in the bombardments. In the background is the Khalid ibn al-Walid mosque.

Media: egg tempera on birch panel, 7 by 5 inches, 2012


Out of Syria, artwork by Alina GalloOut of Syria

Journalist Anthony Shadid passed away on February 16, 2012, from a severe asthma attack while being smuggled out of Syria by Syrian rebel fighters. Having walked beside the horses covering his face with a black and white scarf to protect himself from a horse allergy, he collapsed. His friend and colleague photographer Tyler Hicks tried to resuscitate him.

Media: egg tempera on birch panel, 7 by 5 inches, 2012


Last Supper, artwork by Alina GalloLast Supper

Inspired by Times photographer Tyler Hicks account of the night before Anthony Shadid, two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, died en route back to Turkey. Hicks:

There I found a carpeted room full of the fighters, now familiar to us ... Directly across from me, amid cigarette smoke and sitting among them, was Anthony with a huge smile on his face. He put his arms out and said gleefully, ‘Tyler, look at this!’ ... They served a dessert of sweet cheese, doused in a sticky syrup. They ad-libbed to incorporate us into the lyrics of one of their songs, thanking us for coming to Syria to witness their struggle.

Media: egg tempera on birch panel, 6 by 4 inches, 2012

 

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