22 March 2021–19 April 2021

In Pursuit of Utopia

Nabil Anani paints the picturesque hills of Palestine without any of its disruptions

Zawyeh Gallery

Nabil Anani paints the picturesque hills of Palestine without its invasive disruptions

Starts 22 March 2021

Ends 19 April 2021

Venue Zawyeh Gallery

Warehouse 27


In Pursuit of Utopia, the Palestinian landscape is presented without any disruptions; a perfect manicured landscape, that is well tended. Anani paints the picturesque hills of Palestine without the ever increasing Israeli settlements, bypass roads, roadblocks, walls and watch towers that are normally visible in every corner. He creates the Palestine of his dreams, a utopia inspired by his memories as a child growing up on the hills of Halhoul.

Anani’s work stems from his fascination with the Palestinian landscape and rural life, which are subjects that he has addressed throughout his artistic journey. In this series of work, one can rarely spot a human or their shadow, for the primary focus remains on the aesthetic of the place, giving the audience the chance to ponder and appreciate the scenic terrain.

Olive groves, cypress trees and wheat fields dot the hills and horizon as if embroidered patterns. The canvases are divided with horizontal lines and spaces inspired by the ancient terraces separating the fields, conveying a panoramic perspective and a rural ambiance.

Experimentation with different media and using strong vibrant colors remain methods that distinguish Anani’s style. In this series, he uses mixed natural media, such as straw, spices and herbs that vary in color and texture in addition to dry flowers and plants, resulting in a distinct surfaces and vibrant array of smells.