Good Morning, My Nation

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Curator's note: This poster features a man opening the curtains of his room to a horizon filled with the names of towns and cities all over the Arab world, i.e., the Arab nation.

Handala, also known as Handhala (Arabic: حنظلة‎) is the most famous of Naji al-Ali's characters. He is depicted as a ten-year old boy, and appeared for the first time in Al-Siyasa in Kuwait in 1969. The figure turned his back to the viewer from the year 1973, and clasped his hands behind his back. The artist explained that the ten-year old represented his age when forced to leave Palestine and would not grow up until he could return to his homeland; his turned back and clasped hands symbolised the character's rejection of "outside solutions". Handala wears ragged clothes and is barefoot, symbolising his allegiance to the poor. In later cartoons, he is actively participating in the action depicted not merely observing it.

Source: Wikipedia

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Arabic

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Circa 1985

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Image index number on CD: 

2935

Number of duplicates: 

0

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