DISPOSABLE BODY 5

Fibreglass, Acrylics, Rhinestones, Army belt, Silver gilt, Swarovski Crystals, Feathers, Wire, Decommissioned bullets 2010

Born in 1940, Palestine.

 

EN

Born in Gaza in 1940, Laila Shawa graduated summa cum laude in Fine Arts from the Italian Accademia delle Belle Arti in 1964, and received a diploma in plastic arts from the Accademia San Giacomo in Rome.

Between 1965 and 1967, she returned to Gaza to teach arts and crafts to underprivileged children. She now lives and works in London.

As a Palestinian artist, Shawa’s concern is to reflect the political reality of her country, thus in the process, she becomes a reporter of events. Her work is based on a heightened sense of realism, targeting injustice and persecution.

 

FR

Née en 1940 à Gaza, Laila Shawa est diplômée de l'Académie Italienne des Beaux-Arts en 1964 avec les distinctions et reçoit en 1964 son diplôme d'art plastique de l'Académie San Giacomo à Rome.

De 1965 à 1967, elle retourne à Gaza pour enseigner l'art et l'artisanat aux enfants défavorisés. Elle vit et travaille désormais à Londres.

En tant qu'artiste Palestinienne, Laila Shawa souhaite refléter la réalité politique de son pays, devenant ainsi une chroniqueuse des événements. Son travail, très réaliste, dénonce l'injustice et les persécutions.

 

 

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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012  

The Other Side of Paradise, October Gallery, London, UK

 

2011 

Trapped: A Female Suicide Bomber, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, FRANCE

 

2010 - 2011 

Sarab (Mirage), The Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE

 

2010  

Arabopop, Articulate Baboon Gallery, Cairo, EGYPT

 

2008 

Sarab (Mirage), Atrium Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

 

2000 

In the Name of God: Crucifixion 2000, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

 

1994 

The Walls of Gaza Series II, The Library, SOAS, University of London, London, UK

 

1992 

Women and Magic, London, UK

 

1990 

Women and the Veil, Jordan National Gallery, Amman, JORDAN

1975 

Of Horses and Cities, Beirut, LEBANON

 

1971 

Cities of Gold, Dar Tunis, The Tunisian Cultural Centre, Beirut, LEBANON

 

1970 

Laila Shawa at the Vendome, Hotel Vendome, Beirut, LEBANON

 

1968 

Exhibition of drawings by Laila Shawa, The Book Centre Gallery, Beirut, LEBANON

 

1965  

Contrast and Difference, Marna House, Gaza, PALESTINE 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015  

Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, LEBANON

Bridge to Palestine, Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, LEBANON

 

2014  

Bridge to Palestine, Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, LEBANON

 

2011  

Passport to Palestine, London, UK

Contemporary Art/Arab & Iranian, Sotheby’s, London, UK

 

2010 - 2011  

Miragens: Contemporary Art in the Islamic World, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, BRAZIL

 

2010 

Crunchtime: Artist’s Responses to the Global Crisis, International Visual Arts Event, York, UK

 

2009 - 2010  

Contemporary Calligraphic Art from the Arab World, Jabal Amman, JORDAN

 

2009 

Middle Eastern and European Art, the Recessionists, Somerset, UK

Arabesque: Arts from the Arab World, the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC, USA

 

2008  

Word into Art, a British Museum touring exhibition, The Atrium, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

 

2006  

Word into Art, British Museum, London, UK

 

2005  

Walled In: Walled Out, Laila Shawa and Noa Lidor, Green Cardamom, London, UK

 

2003 

Religion, Art and War, Maison Des Arts, London, UK

Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from Around the World, Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, GERMANY

 

2002 - 2011  

Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World, Royal Society of Fine Arts, Jordan, and Pan-Mediterranean Women Artists Network F.A.M. (Femme-Artist-Méditerranée), JORDAN

 

2002  

A Thousand Ways of Being. Memory and Presence in the Arts of Diasporas, London, UK                          

Between Legend and Reality, Modern Art from the Arab World, Reykjavik Art Museum and Akureyri Art Museum, ICELAND

 

1998 – 2000  

Art Beyond Borders, UNESCO and TIMOTCA, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, FRANCE

Mitra Municipal Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal; Las Vegas Art Museum, USA

 

 

International art fairs

2011  

Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

2008 - 2011  

Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

The National Art Gallery, Amman, JORDAN

The British Museum, London, UK

The Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow, SCOTLAND

The Arab Bank Limited, Amman, JORDAN

The Palestinian Union of Artists, Beirut, LEBANON

The Kuwait Fund, Kuwait City, KUWAIT

The Rashad Shawa Cultural Centre, Gaza, PALESTINE

The Khaled Shoman Foundation, Amman, JORDAN

The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA

The Qatar Museum for Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Mathaf, QATAR

The Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

The TIMOTCA, Las Vegas, USA

The World of Islam Festival Trust, London, UK

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

The Burrell Collection, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, SCOTLAND

DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Spazio Brazzà, Moruzzo, ITALY

The Benevolent Society, Gaza, PALESTINE