Where Souls Dwell V

Plastique, strass, crystals de Swarowski, plumes de paon et fil de fer, 35 x 90 x 15 cm / Plastic, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, peacock feathers and wire, 14 x 22 x 6 ''

Born in 1940, Palestine.



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.



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.






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



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


2010 - 2011 

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



Arabopop, Articulate Baboon Gallery, Cairo, EGYPT



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



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



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



Women and Magic, London, UK



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


Of Horses and Cities, Beirut, LEBANON



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



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



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



Contrast and Difference, Marna House, Gaza, PALESTINE 




Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, LEBANON

Bridge to Palestine, Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, LEBANON



Bridge to Palestine, Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, LEBANON



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



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



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

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



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



Word into Art, British Museum, London, UK



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



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



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


Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Abu Dhabi, UAE


2008 - 2011  

Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE



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