Palestinian artist in Gaza creates political work from used sardine cans

Artist Muhammad Jahlash has developed an unusual way of expressing the suffering of his fellow residents of Gaza: he paints the empty sardine cans which are handed out to Palestinian refugees. From his home in the Al-Saftawi neighbourhood in the northern Gaza Strip, Jahlash creates delicate scenes on the discarded tin cans. Some depict the separation barrier in the West Bank, others the plight of Gaza's children or the lack of resources created by the ongoing blockade of the territory. The canned sardines are handed out to Palestinian refugees by the UN agency UNRWA and Jahlash says this gives the works a special resonance. "Why not take advantage of these cans," he says. "The cans represent Palestinian refugees since they are handed out as aid to the people," he adds.