As part of an on-going research entitled Chicken Scribbles and the Dove that Looks like a Frog that is an exploration of the aesthetics of the political in Palestinian painting; Samah’s residency at Frans Masereel will focus on two trajectories. The first exploration is for the perfect landscape of Palestine; which is based on a collection of representational paintings that is about the land, or the landscape of Palestine. These are brought together in an attempt to re-create the perfect image of the land. The second is focused on the performativity in the titles of the artworks by Palestinian artists, and will be re-produced as scripts for a series of silk-screen prints.
Over the last ten years Samah Hijawi has been working with memory in relation to icons in Arab history. With a focus on performance and collage she borrows on social, artistic and political histories as anchor points for unpacking and critically questioning Palestinian memory. Her works have been presented in The Hayward Gallery in London, Darat Al Funun in Jordan, MoMA in New York, The Beirut Art Center in Lebanon, and Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Germany. She is currently doing a PhD in Art Practice with the University Libre du Bruxelles and the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts - Ecole supérieure des Arts in Brussels where she is living and working.
02.01.2017 - 03.02.2017