Notice about Hagar (White, Red, Black) (2019)

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Hagar is the Egyptian servant of Abraham and Sarah, who is given to Abraham so that she can bear a child for the couple. Hagar has been almost considered as an object by Sarah, but she received the promise of a long destiny by the angel of God in her first flight in the desert to escape Sarah’s oppression while being pregnant. She is asked to return. According to Frymer-Kensky, she is the only woman in the Bible to receive a divine promise of seed. In her second meeting with the angel of God in the desert, Hagar is in despair with her son Ishmael because him and her are about to die of thirst. The angel opens her eyes and she can see a spring nearby. Contrary to what is depicted in this drawing, her son is now a teenager, not a baby. The metaphor in the drawing is about the blessing of Hagar against adversity, the support that she receives despite her non Jewish lineage, and the triangular relationship between her, God and her offspring. With respect to contemporary issues, Hagar is identified by feminist as an emblem of women’s suffering in a patriarchal system. She is important in Islam as the mother of Ishmael, and therefrom of the Arab people, and the support given by God despite her outcast status.