Shebab vs. Colonial Tank #1 2018-03-04T03:21:04+00:00

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Shebab vs. Colonial Tank #1


Shebab vs. Colonial Tank #1

C-print face-mounted on plexi, with floating box mount on rear
Edition of 4, 21 1/2” by 24”

Contemporary Sculptures

From the Dog Warrior Series (From the Ledger Books of the Dog Warriors)

In this increasingly famous David vs. Goliath scene we see the brave young Palestinian boy symbolically fighting an Israeli tank. Since the Intifada of 1987 “shebab” have been taking on the IDF. The stone throwers are called “shebab” or “our boys” in Arabic. The Palestinians have no real army while the Israeli army is the fourth most powerful in the world thanks to decades of lavish US funding.

The original “Ledger Books of the Dog Warriors” were made by Cheyenne Indian warriors who made contour line drawings in colored pencil to record their military history. Ringsby has loosely interpreted this tradition to draw a connection between the Palestinian and American Indian histories.

The Dog Warriors were known for their fearlessness in battle as well as for refusing to surrender to the US Cavalry. Ringsby would like to draw a further parallel between the infamous Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado Territory, 1864 and the Jenin Refugee Camp Massacre of 2002. In both cases refugee camps were massacred in retaliation for guerrilla warriors killing settlers illegally occupying traditional homelands.

Click to read 2004 Press Release.

Click to read Artist Statement.

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