Artists Gaza & Toulouse


She ‘s interested in humanitarian matters such as poverty, migration and asylum. Her current artistic projects shed light on the process of tackling trauma that results from wars and siege. She studies the reactions of people and the invisible dimensions of managing trauma through observation, which she then explores through artistic expressions using different techniques and mediums and techniques, such as painting, drawing, sculpture.

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“Jakar”- (insisting for the sake of proving a point) – is a slang word that has been frequently used in the Gaza Strip lately. A new street between the eastern borders separating the Gaza Strip and the occupied territories in `1948 was named “Jakar”.
This street is considered a stage for many dramatic scenes occurring since the end of March 2018 till this day. Ruqaya focuses on the characters residing on the borders through her paintings and the use of lines and colours. She conveys the creative and new nonviolent means and tools through those characters. The means created in order to revive the world’s conscience and demand the removal of the wire and the right of return. She lives near the eastern borders and the clashes site, where she witnesses the events all day long. She watches the ambulances going back and forth and follows the movement of the rising smoke and the inflaming fires. That’s why she wanted to transform the visual scenes into paintings that mimic the moments in our present and documents it through coloured paintings..

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She’s graduated from al-Aqsa University with a BA in passion for art her to take up courses on a range of subjects, including puppet making, analysis of children’s drawing, advanced educational methods and practical applications in art education.She’s an active member Turkish-based Femin- Art Female Artists Association, for which Batrawi was in charge of a large art project for the children of Gaza in November 2015. The influence of teaching Art to children is clear in Batrawi’s work. She paints her themes with bold, innocent and colorful brushstrokes.

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« I am very interested in street photography, with all details, because the streets always answer all the questions in my head, about life, about contradictions around me. In addition, I am interested the cultural life of communities, its momentum and rich various outputs. »
– Hatta it is a Palestinian word which is mean Al Ku eh
– Al Ku eh still have a symbolism of everything is Palestinian everywhere.
It is a series of photos for the Palestinian people in the street where they wearing Al Ku eh during the cold weather. Most of them are using this symbolism such as raincoat, covering their heads or nicks, and also as a Hijab for the women.

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The source of her inspiration is her home Gaza and its people. She uses her art to liberate herself from the anguish of the tragedies of Israeli incursions and bombings of the strip. Yet, despite these tragic circumstances and perhaps as a result of them she applies bright and vibrant colors such as yellow in her new works to propose a new appreciation of life. Therefore, there is a kind of juxtaposition in her current works where life and death, destruction and hope are not only contrasted but seem to coexist. During the bombings she would put her brush to paper and let her emotions ow on the sound of bombs.

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His works varied between drawing, installation, digital photography, and even video, which were his key to the outside world. He’s now working on a group of new projects to be implemented, between 2019 and 2022, include installations in the public space, a new book of photographs about traditional industries in Palestine, and a modern conceptual project about immigrants – an issue that has become one of the world’s most pressing problems. He’s a founding member of Shababeek Contemporary Art group and an active member in the Association of Palestinian Artists.

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I have always been interested in our origins, our human nature. Where do we come from ? What are we doing here? Why life and death? Where are we going ? In my pictorial research, I try neither to give answers nor to please. I denounce, I seek a certain truth related to our human condition and a possible harmony with nature.(…)For me the three main aspects of human nature are: body, soul and spirit, intrinsically connected to each other. And these are the three aspects that have guided my painting for many years, I like, in a work of art, to feel the breath of a body, its movement in space time and its intangible / immaterial part to give life to a painting, give it body «in the flesh». It’s like a vital need for me to go back to basics, to rediscover spirituality and to restore hope.(…)

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Portraitist of a twilight civilization, Alex Less bridges the gap between anthropology and autopsy; when fantasy fights against grotesque, with sharpened streaks and vibrant colours, the artist acts as an illustrator-lawyer of the human vanity. Showing a visceral expression, often raw, which joins the fulgurism of the press drawing. With a frenetic energy, he tirelessly produces true iconic images, poetic collisions bursting with words, thrown like so many tragic haikus. Drawing, sculpture, installation, performance. Drawing, sculpture, installation, performance.

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He began his practice with plastic arts, in the Centre of Arts Graphics in Zakho 2008, and after studied Fine-arts at Duhok city 2009-2014. He has participated with differents projects and materials including wall painting, paintings, watercolor, drawing, and sculptures. He is a founding member of photography collective Jungleye.

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The wider part of my work is centered around questioning forms of power, violence, which travel across history, our societies, and the fascination they inspire. I take hold of archetypes such as weapons, ammunition, barbed wire or the world stock-market and short circuit them from their initial function. I elaborate poetical resistance strategies to disarm the aggressive potential of violent representations by steering them towards more playful and festive grounds. My work dismantles and rebuilds reality to examine the mechanics of the balance of power and offer a dynamic alternative by mocking this prevailing violence.

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