In ART
Portrait of Rula Halawani. Courtesy of the artist

Portrait of Rula
Halawani. Courtesy of
the artist

RULA HALAWANI
Palestine, b. 1964

Education:
2001 MA, Photographic Studies, University of Westminster, London, UK
1989 BA, Photography, University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


 

 

She started photojournalism in 1989 and worked as a freelance journalist for many newspapers and magazines. Her subjective view of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict pushed her to cease this activity and to turn exclusively to visual arts in 1999.

 

“In many ways identity is the mo fundamental thing in each subject’s life and gives to every person a feeling of belonging and location. For me, my nationality is my identity, my land is my identity.”

 

Rula Halawani, Jerusalem Calling, 2015, archival image and recording from PBS (Palestinian Broadcasting Service), 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Rula Halawani, Jerusalem Calling, 2015, archival image and recording from PBS (Palestinian Broadcasting Service), 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Selected solo exhibitions:
Selma Feriani Gallery, UK (2013, 2010)
Al Hoash Gallery, Palestine (2009)
Botanique Museum, Brussels

Selected group exhibitions:
She Who Tells a Story: Women
Photographers from Iran and the
Arab World, Carnegie Museum
of Art, Pittsburg, USA (2015)
MART Museum, Italy (2014)
FotoFest Biennial, USA (2014)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Mori Art Museum, Japan (2012)
BOZAR, Palace for Fine
Arts, Belgium (2011)

Rula Halawani, Untitled, The Bride is Beautiful, but She is Married to Another Man series, 2016, 30.6 x 45 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Rula Halawani, Untitled, The Bride is Beautiful, but She is Married to Another Man series, 2016, 30.6 x 45 cm. Courtesy of the artist

As a native of occupied East Jerusalem, Rula Halawani began her artistic career by registering the difficulties of living under a protracted political conflict. Halawani’s early works capture the many aspects of this reality, from the tedious moments of attempting to perform daily tasks under the restrictions of military occupation to the cyclical onset of a violent siege that transforms Palestinian neighbourhoods, towns and cities into overnight war zones.

“THE PALESTINE THAT I KNEW IS GONE. RETURNING TO THESE PLACES, I NOW FEEL LIKE A STRANGER IN MY OWN HOME.”

 

Halawani’s photographs are housed in the international collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, France; Nadour Collection, Germany; Victoria & Albert Museum, UK;  The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Jordan; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houon, USA, among others. Palestine, the artist’s fist monograph, was published by La Lettre Volée, Brussels, in conjunction with her 2008 midcareer retrospective at the Botanique Museum.

VENICE BIENNALE – RULA HALAWANI
LOCATION: May You Live In Interesting Times Central Pavilion/Arsenale


 

Rula Halawani is part of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Runoff. The exhibition is open from 11 May to 24 November, 2019 and chaired by Paolo Baratta.

 

Rula Halawani, Gates to Heaven, Untitled #1, Black & White Digital Archival, 120 X 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Rula Halawani, Gates to Heaven, Untitled #1, Black & White Digital Archival, 120 X 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist

 

Rula Halawani, The Wall at night series, Untitled #3, Black & White Digital Archival, 100 X 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Rula Halawani, The Wall at night series, Untitled #3, Black & White Digital Archival, 100 X 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist

 

Rula Halawani, Gates to Heaven, Untitled #3, Black & White Digital Archival, 120 X 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Rula Halawani, Gates to Heaven, Untitled #3, Black & White Digital Archival, 120 X 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist

 

Rula Halawani, The Wall at night series, Untitled #1, Black & White Digital Archival, 100 X 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Rula Halawani, The Wall at night series, Untitled #1, Black & White Digital Archival, 100 X 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist


A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, 21 ARTISTS AND A BIENNIAL #49, PAGES 122-127.

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