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Kamal Boullata 1942–2019 | Jerusalem Story

October 14, 2021


Palestinian artist Steve Sabella, who developed a close relationship with Boullata, wrote posthumously of his work,

The truth is, Jerusalem was always the seat of his heart and from where he encountered beauty and knowledge . . .

It is mystifying, and if Kamal was anything, he was a mystic because he lived a spiritual life full of creative production. He ventured towards light in his paintings, and once said that the light of Jerusalem is perhaps what he had been always attempting to capture.

However, Kamal’s centre, whichever way he turned, was always Jerusalem. It was his light, his beacon, and his compass; it was also his agony and his ecstasy.

Palestine informed his practice, his spirit, and his self, and it was through it that he observed and understood things. The truth is, Palestine was much more than the country of his birth and where he spent 18 years of his life; it was what inspired him to imagine.

Though he was forced to live in exile, Palestine never left him, and because it was always present in his mind, in his own way, Kamal felt liberated.14

Kamal Boullata

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