Majd Abdel Hamid

Majd Abdel Hamid was born in Damascus, Syria in 1988. Between 2007 and 2010, he achieved his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, and the International Art Academy in Ramallah, Palestine. He participated in several group shows such as Fragile Bodies. Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation London, United Kingdom, VIDEO. IT Festival of Artist Videos and Contemporary dance, Torino, Italy, International Student Festival, Trondheim, Norway. In 2009, he benefited from an artistic residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, and also participated in workshops at the Lofoten International Art Festival in Norway (2008) and the Subjective Atlas of PalestineWorkshop, Ramallah/Palestine.

Pain Killers

The abuse of painkillers and anti-depressants in the Palestinian territories has been on the rise for the past decade. Reports have shown an increased consumption of pills such as Tramadol, Valium and others in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. The causes behind this collective inclination to abuse painkillers and antidepressants are mostly general anxiety, depression and, in some cases, sexual frustration. The Dome of the Rock has surpassed religious connotations to become the image of the capital-to-be while maintaining its importance as “the landmark” of Islamic and Arab culture in Palestine. Pain Killers juxtaposes this sacred image of Palestinian aspirations with pain suppressing and antidepressant drugs, thus serving as a dialogue between Palestinian rhetoric and reality, fantasy and drug-altered states of mind.
The work also references models of the Dome of the Rock made by Palestinian prisoners. The dimensions were calculated by dividing the real dimensions by a factor of 62, and 10,000 pill capsules were used.

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