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Maya Amer

Palestinian Tatriz is an age-old tradition in which Palestinian identity is preserved and passed on through embroidery. Originally it was practiced in the Palestinian countryside where the stitches symbolized local flora. Today it is used in refugee camps and the diaspora to tell stories of solidarity and resistance. Palestinian women protested the erasure of their identity during the Intifada by incorporating banned symbols and the colors of the Palestinian flag into their Tatreez patterns. Maya Amer's work is a recent and urgent expression of Palestinian protest. It is a call for attention to the victims of the Israeli army in the Palestinian territories through a digital embroidery pattern. The crosses represent the number of Palestinian victims in the month of October in 2023.