Palestinian artist, Ammar Abu Shamalla, displays paintings for sale on an art van, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, in the southern Gaza Strip May 30, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
GAZA (Reuters) – Every day Ammar Abu Shamalla adds a little colour to drab routine life in Gaza, loading up his camper van with pictures he displays and sells in the Palestinian territory’s streets and markets.
He and wife Arwa, both jobless college graduates, did painting in their spare time before coming up with the idea of putting their hobby to more productive use.
“We wanted to display our paintings to the public in vital places… Amid the coronavirus, we also wanted to make living,” he told Reuters.
There are no art galleries in the territory, run by the Islamist Hamas group since 2007.
However, some private and public institutions hosted exhibitions before the start of the epidemic, which has infected 69 and led to one death there.
Depicting mainly landscapes, flowers or…
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