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Monther Jawarbeh was born and raised in Al Arroub refugee camp in Bethlehem. His expressive portraits of Palestinian men whose nationality is marked by the kuffiyeh they wear reflect his interest in expressing a collective Palestinian identity. His works critically investigate the changing nature of resistance, which in the artist’s words “takes quite a different direction, that of hibernation, idleness and depression, a condition which raises both anxiety and the prophecy of the return of the liberation project as a result of the frustrations the Palestinian nation have been going through.” The psychological dimension found in his paintings is further evidenced in his bold photography portraits. Monther Jawarbeh received his BA in Fine Arts from Al Najah University in Nablus and was a founding member of Al-Mahatta Gallery in Ramallah in 2008 and a board member of the Palestinian Artists League in 2006. He has held several solo exhibitions at cultural venues across Palestine and has participated in several group shows in Japan, Norway and the UK. He continues to live and work in Palestine.

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