As a visual artist working with the languages of drawing, painting, photography, and documentary film, John Halaka’s artwork investigates cycles of repression and displacement, as well as the personal and political relationships between desire, denial, and instability. One of the objectives of his creative practice is to firmly place the experiences of Palestinian displacement in the international discourse on human rights, forced migration, and the right of return of all indigenous refugees.
Halaka is a visual artist and professor of visual arts at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1991. He received his MFA in the visual arts from the University of Houston in 1983, and his BFA from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program, with Brooklyn College as his home school. Halaka’s artwork has been exhibited and his films have been screened nationally and internationally. Halaka is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship that enabled him to record personal narratives from three generations of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. His fieldwork in Lebanon permitted him to develop an ongoing multidisciplinary project titled Portraits of Denial & Desire. The drawings for the series Ghosts of Presence / Bodies of Absence are an outgrowth of that project.
The following conditions of sale describe the relationship between the Institute for Palestine Studies-USA and the buyers, prospective buyers, and bidders for the Keyword: Palestine II Art Exhibition and Auction which will begin on March 2nd, 2020, and end on December 31st, 2020. By using this website to buy, bid, or inquire about any artwork, you agree to be bound by these conditions.
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