Mervat Essa lives in a small town in northern Israel not far from the town in which her grandmother lived until Al Nakba. These ceramic sacks memorialize the depopulation of Al Biram and other Palestinian villages in 1948. These villages were completely razed, its residents driven into exile, its buildings and natural resources left to waste.
Born 1970 in Jish, Israel
Education. Studied at Tel Hai School of Art
Lives in Jish, Israel
Mervat Essa, “Saffurya”, 2000, ceramic sacks, C-print: print: 48″ x 67″
Mervat Essa, “Sacks”: 18- approx. 2 – 2 ½’ tall each, sacks 16 x 20 x 8″