Rula Halawani will partner with Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art to produce an exhibition addressing Palestinian identity and collective memory, as symbolized by images capturing the changes to Jerusalem, her hometown’s landscape. Halawani’s work will be used to frame Al-Ma’mal’s ongoing public outreach programs, which include a series of artist talks and youth photography workshops. The project partners hope to engage Al-Ma’mal’s network and community both visually and politically in dialogue around the Palestinian occupation.
Halawani earned her bachelor’s degree in photography from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada before moving to London to complete her MA in photographic studies. Halawani currently lives in Jerusalem and serves as the director and teacher of the photographic unit at Birzeit University, piloting the first academic training program of its kind in Palestine.
Growing up under the occupation in East Jerusalem and working as a photographer in an intensely political environment, Halawani’s work demonstrates a strong relationship between art and politics. Her documentary photographs depict aspects of Palestinian life and have been widely exhibited in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. Her work is included in museum collections such as the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Khalid Shoman Foundation in Jordan. Halawani’s art was included in the 2003 and 2005 Sharjah Biennials, the 2007 Thessaloniki Biennale, the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan (2012), the Boston Museum of Fine Art (2013), the Houston Fotofest (2014), and a solo show in London at the Selma Feriani Gallery (2013). Retrospectives of her work have been shown in the Botanique Museum, Brussels, in 2008 and the Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem, in 2009. Halawani is represented by Selma Feriani Gallery in London.