The Column

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Jofre Oliveras & Dalal Mitwally, Amman (Jordan).

This mural talks about our individual responsibility in society. It has opposite interpretations depending on the beholder, because the same image can be oppressing or empowering people. The capital is a symbol of the cultural heritage, in this image it’s one of the Nabatean column of Petra. The mural shows local cultural elements but it also represents issues of a global society.

The mural was censored. Before the production we had the approval of organisers, building owners, and the municipality. In the third day of painting, calls started to come in from governmental ends about one aspect in the mural. Frantic energy started to emerge as arguments over the placement of a “stone” (the capital) on top of the Jordanian Hatta led to huge disrespect to higher governing states. Many discussions happened about changing the Hatta at this point.

So much outrage was caused from only certain colours and paint strokes. It highlighted the fear of artistic expression and its power to even slightly loosen the grip of control that the authority has.