Giclee, Hand-painting, Offset print
Artist Book, Box Set
11.4 × 8.5 in
Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room
University of Delaware Library
Storm and you are Free: Antarah in Black on White by Fatima El Hajj is a tribute to Antarah Ibn Shaddad (a heroic figure in Arabic literature and poetry). El Hajj sheds light on a man with a legacy of epic proportions. El Hajj’s understanding of the Arabic Knight’s life was translated into shades of black on white backgrounds and its diluted tints to narrate the combat of ascendency from slavery to freedom. In her interpretation of Antarah, he is not only the valiant equestrian nor the intrepid champion, but he is the first one to call for the battle of Liberation in the history of Arabs while opting for the use of love rather than war. The original, unique, hand-painted, and handstitched artist’s book took a year of labor to complete; it is an ode to chivalry, love, freedom, and death.