Alexandra Sophia Handal’s personal history is shaped by intergenerational and transcontinental displacements across diverse geographies. Born in 1975 into a Bethlehemite Palestinian family in Port-au-Prince, she spent her youth in Haiti, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Handal holds a practice/theory PhD from the University of the Arts London (2011), supported by a research studentship grant (2004). She originally trained as a painter, obtaining a BFA in painting at Boston University (1997) and an MA in studio art from New York University (2001).
Since 2007, Handal has been conducting original oral history fieldwork with Palestinian refugees and exiles from West Jerusalem, while concurrently collecting present-day observations of the city through a series of drifts. Through the interplay between visual, oral, and written forms, she proposes ways that art can be an archive that safeguards knowledge of collective significance, which is under threat from colonialism. By making use of the polarity between art practice and scholarly research, she attends to the erasure and suppression of Palestinian local histories while illuminating ignored and forgotten translocal ones. Handal’s multifaceted body of work on memory has acquired a wide-ranging audience within and beyond the art world through international film and new-media festivals, solo and group art exhibitions, interdisciplinary conferences and seminars, performance-lectures, and publications. She had her first solo museum exhibition, Memory Flows like the Tide at Dusk, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Roskilde, Denmark, 2016). Her print series, No Parking without Permission, Jerusalem, won the 2018 Karimeh Abboud Photography Award (Bethlehem); and her interactive web documentary art, Dream Homes Property Consultants (DHPC), won the 2014 Lumen Prize’s People’s Choice Gold Award (UK). Since 2004, Handal has gone between Palestine and Europe, residing in London for the first ten years before setting up her atelier in Berlin.
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