1st Place | Sending Wings Instead of Arms by Najib Joe Hakim
Maps most often provide vital information regarding borders, topography and location. However, artificial borders (lines drawn on a map) are usually employed to divide us with physical, political and psychological consequences that transcend generations. Without borders, we rely on the natural elements to determine our place just as migratory birds or insects do. Imagining a world without artificial borders is to imagine the end of the scourge of nationalism. In this border-less map of Palestine, the birds suggest freedom of movement, direction and perspective with the hope of liberating us all from another scourge – war.
2nd Place | History of Palestine by Mohammad Sabaaneh
3rd Place | Caryatids Unleashed (Exploring Protest 2) by Noga Gahl Wizansky
Caryatids in their earliest forms refer to sculptural forms of women used as supports in classical temples. In this capacity they were also associated with punitive enslavement imposed by governing power. My drawing is directly inspired by recent years of personal engagement with organizing and protest as a union member, activist, and citizen, and awareness of the deep organizing women world wide have undertaken historically and to this day in support of movements of liberation. The drawing pays homage to the work of deep organizing as the substrate of any process of change, and specifically, to the often invisible work of women. It envisions present-day caryatids stepping away from oppressive structures and power, into free, independent agency that maintains at the same time an ongoing commitment to collaboration and conversation.