Abdul Rahman Katanani is a young Palestinian artist who was born in 1983, and lived all his life as a refugee in the “Shatila & Sabra camp” in Lebanon. His artistic talents forcefully emerged in his early childhood years when he started to rigorously paint using the painful realities of the refugees’ everyday living in the camp as his subject matter.
Hence, his artistic works intensely depict the tragedy of his people, the Palestinian refugees. His works are considered by many as a realistic and vivid portrayal of the hardships, endurance, and persistent spirit of resistance that are the main characteristics of life in the Palestinian refugee camps.
Accordingly, his artistic works reflect the often contradictory feelings of suffering and endurance, hopelessness and hopefulness, pain and happiness, along with the nostalgic feelings for a beloved homeland. What makes Abdul-Rahman’s works prominent among others is that in his portrayal of his; and his peoples’ feelings as refugees, he utilized the camp’s structural materials of tin and card boards, rags of old clothes, and old utensils, etc. as his art materials. Abdul Rahman’s works represent dramatic and deeply felt compassion’s that are motivated by heartfelt experiences and aspirations.
” We travel in space in the same way we travel in time, as our thoughts and the characters’ thoughts also travel. They are only probing, or more exactly, spiraling into the past and the future. Everything forms a circle, but the loop never closes, the revolution carries us ever deeper into reminiscence. Shadows follow shadow; illusions follow illusions, not like the walls that slide away or mirrors that reflect to infinity, but by a kind of movement more worrisome and fear still because it is without a gap or break and possess both the softness of a circle, and the knife-edge of a straight line. Like a tornado, that’s collecting our dreams, joy, happiness and life and getting it to the unknown.” (Eric Rohmer)