Manal Mahamid was born in Moawia, a Palestinian village in the Umm al-Fahm area, in 1976.
Mahamid is a contemporary Palestinian artist residing in Haifa. She earned her master’s degree in fine arts at the University of Haifa in 2006, which was made possible by obtaining a scholarship of excellence from the university. She obtained a degree in curatorial and museum studies from the University of Tel Aviv four years later.
Mahamid works across multiple media, including video, installation, painting, and photography. Mahamid’s work reassesses linear understandings of time while making a hopeless attempt to pin down the ephemeral existence of all things. She is caught in the process of being constantly replaced by the immediate present as a reminder of the transitory character of human life. She attempts to combat the narrative that negates the existence of Palestinians and their identity.
Mahamid’s body of work is most notably related to Ghada al-Samman’s book, Al-raqs ma‘ al-boum (dancing with the owl), which discusses the bird’s rejection in Arab culture and its mythical powers of sight. Mahamid presents hybrid images composed of an owl’s body and a female face cast into concrete; its colors call to mind a field of flowers sprouting through the hard surface.
Mahamid was shortlisted for the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2002. She is a recipient of the 2007 Delfina Foundation’s Resident Artist Award as part of the Riwaq Biennale, which was a collaboration between the Delfina and the Qattan.
Her work has been part of several exhibitions in London, Chicago, Cairo, Dusseldorf, Haifa, Ramallah, Umm al-Fahm, and Jericho, and in over fifty group exhibitions, such as Ana min Hona (I am from here) in Tel Aviv, and Ana min Hona 2, which was part of the Manam exhibit in Haifa. She also exhibited her work as part of the Qalandiya International Festival in 2014, organized by the Arab Culture Association in Haifa. Her solo exhibitions include Ana min Hona, Umm al-Fahm Gallery (2012); Dry Ice, Delfina Foundation (London, 2008); and Love Me . . . Love Me Not, Haifa University (2007). Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Peace of Art, (Kiel, Germany); the Townhouse Gallery (Cairo); the Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden); and Art Cologne 2007 (Palma de Mallorca, Spain). She has also participated in residencies in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Egypt.
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