Fouad Agbaria

Worker, Israel, 2002

Oil on canvas, 100x150 cm.

When this painting is compared with similar realistic works, we immediately sense the absence of the natural environment and background that should envelop the figure of the Palestinian worker. He is seated naturally, but the chair upon which he is supposed to sit, is missing.

What then is the significance we should attribute to the absence of background? Has the figure thereby forfeited the identity of its location? Or lost the authentic environment to which it wishes to belong? Is the loss of background simultaneously the loss of connection to a place and geography, or to economic and national security?