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Mohammed Joha was born in 1978 in Gaza. His paintings, though playful in style and bold in colour, offer a critique of Arab and Western media bias and their (mis)representation of Arab culture. This is evidenced in his surrealist painting series, The Jasmine and Bread Revolution (2012), which depict bodies with television sets over where their head should be, army-clad clowns playing the oud and army tankers shooting butterflies. In addition to painting, his practice also includes installations, photography and video art. In 2003, Joha graduated in Art Education from the Al-Aqsa University in Gaza, and a year later he won the AM Qattan Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award. He completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2005 and has since exhibited his works in several group shows in Palestine and Europe. His solo show titled Joha-The Journey (2016) was held at Rich Mix in London. The artist currently lives in Italy.

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