Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Poet Remi Kanazi, Artist Rajie Cook Demonstrate the Power of WORDS

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Poet Remi Kanazi, Artist Rajie Cook Demonstrate the Power of WORDS

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The Jerusalem Fund Gallery hosted its first interactive exhibition at the end of June, featuring the graphic art of Palestinian-American Rajie Cook, with Palestinian-American performance poet and human rights activist Remi Kanazi-who traveled down from New York City to read his work at the June 29 opening. Kanazi edited a volume of hip hop, poetry and art, Poets for Palestine (2008, available from the AET Book Store), and in 2011 published the first collection of his own poetry, Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine.

Cook, a renowned graphic designer whose work has been collected by the Smithsonian Institution, features graphic designs, film and sculptural assemblage on the theme of the power of words as a force of justice. His poster "Keffiyeh Peace" is available from the AET Book Store.

At the opening, audience members were encouraged to participate in the exhibition. All were given a campaign-style button printed with single words, such as STONES or SETTLERS, to wear as they entered the show. …

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