SOLIDICITY

Mohammad Joha

April 6, 2021

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June 26, 2021

Camps in Gaza are megacities if population-density is the key.
Architecture is not solid, there is no market for building material.
Not meant to be solid, buildings are devastated, rebuilt and expanded with whatever there is, as population grows like else where in the world.
Designed only for temporary use, people live here since decades.
This defines them as cities. The lack of hope to escape or to build better for the next generations to come makes them solid.

After three destructive wars, which transformed the city into something made of surfaces such as blankets, metal roofs, woods and plastic, the city has become a large and scary pile of devastation, cancelling out the originally designed infrastructure of buildings, streets and public places.

 Mohammed Joha practices an expressionistic style of collage, using second hand material such as fabric and paper. Joha’s recent compositions are built on a skeleton of architectural horizontal and vertical lines, organically bent into variation, crossed by precise details appearing on the scene and brought to Life by the colorful materials he uses, which are old cloth, paper and carton.

The depth and appeal of his artwork derives from the formal and clear composition on the one hand, alongside with the playful, organic and carefully placed colorful and light interaction of material and, on the other hand, the serious, suffocating and devastating reality behind his compositions.

“I am trying to build something beautiful, colorful and light from the darkness”, Joha explains. “Houses in my paintings can contain all homeless from all over the world of different cultures and behavior. My ideas come from these concepts which I believe in and this great motivation leads me to create art”.