A Love Letter
Majed Shala recalls a time as a child seeing his grandmother elated after the receipt of a letter from one of her sons, who was living abroad. As the letter was read aloud, the emotional response that arose amongst the visitors that surrounded her was evident – even the neighbors came to congratulate her on the receipt of this letter, which had taken approximately one month to reach her. Shala felt the same joy visiting the post office as a teenager in order to send or receive a letter to or from his cousin that lived in Amman.
‘Love Letter’ is a parable for a longing for and for an appreciation of the simplicity of life in the past; for the deep bond that was felt between people, despite distance; and for the inner strength that grows as one learns patience, even the patience required whilst waiting for a letter.
Born in 1960 in Gaza, Majed Shala holds an MA in Art from Scranton University, USA (2001). He is a member of the Palestinian Artist Association, a founding member of ‘Windows from Gaza’, a contemporary art collective based in Gaza, and also a founding member of ‘Al Mohtaraf’. He has taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Palestine and abroad.
2010 – pholitography workshop , Muhtaraf Shababeek , Gaza .
2007-Atlas of Palestine by NPA ,Ramallah
2007- Hosting from Al-Qattan foundation and Goethe-Institute , Ramallah .
2007- ( visible and invisible ) Goethe-Institute , Franco-German Cultural Center , Ramallah
2006 – modern art workshop, funded by NPA and modern art association – Gaza
2005 – Participated in a workshop (I’m Gaza … Gaza I’m..) the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, Gaza.
2005 – Video Art workshop (Picture and Picture) Gaza
2003 – participant at “The Artists have Another Opinion” fine Art Workshop” Organized by Culture Centers Union + UNDP
2002 – participant at “12 X 2” fine art workshop at Craft and Fine Art Village – Gaza
2000 -2001 – Participated in the summer Academy at Darat Al-Funun, under the supervision of Syrian -German Artist Morwan Gasseb Bashi
2001 – Participated in the workshop titled (Art is the beauty of architecture) Palestinian red crescent society
2011 – Breathing the Air , Arab British Centre, London
2011 – Mangobajito Gallery , London
2004 – Photographs from Gaza Exhibition-Beirut, Lebanon.
2003 – Gaza to place Nostalgia Exhibition-arts and Crafts Village, Gaza.
2012 – Gaza’s International Festival for Video Art .
2012 – convergent bassamat of the arab fine artist , Cairo .
2012 – Five Palestinian artists at Stone Space gallery in London .
2011 – Besieged Letters……and Faces at al mohtaraf ” shababeek studio.
2011 – The Long Conversation :Portry & Painting , London .
2010 – pholitography Muhtaraf Shababeek , Gaza .
2010 – Many Cases for One Sea , Cairo .
2010 – Some Thing Should Happen , Gaza .
2009 – 22 Gaza …an Everlasting Memory , Muhtaraf Shababeek , Gaza .
2009 – From Gaza to Morlaix , France .
2009 – Extraordinary , Italy .
2009 – Tribute to Jerusalem , Muhtaraf Shababeek , Gaza .
2009 – Public Auction and Exhibition in Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem .
2009 – Arab Union of Photographers , Europe .
2009 – video festival , Marseille , France .
2009 Late July , Gaza .
2009 – The first cultural Biennale , Cairo .
2009 – Ambulance 101 , P.R.C.S , Gaza .
2009 – Wars Effects C.C.F. , Gaza .
2009 – Video Art , Art Now Association , Syria .
2008 – Public Auction and Exhibition in Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem .
2008 – Colored Siege , Rashad El-Shawa center , Gaza .
2007 – The fourth festival of the Arab Union of Photographers Hamburg, Germany .
2007 – Public Auction and Exhibition in Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem .
2007 – Participate in exhibit Makan house –Amman .
2007 – Participate in The Al-Thani award for photography Qatar .
2007- ( visible and invisible ) Goethe-Institut , Al-Qattan foundation .
2007- ( For Once ) The Palestinian Cultural week in Italy .
2006 – 2007 Exhibition ( Other Places ) ,Dar Alanda ,Amman , Jordan
2006 – Exhibition sponsored by Palestine Women’s Association, California.
2006 – Exhibition and Auction at the ambassador Hotel- Jerusalem funded by UNDP
2005 – Video Art ( Effel in Gaza ) , El-mina Gallery, Windows From Gaza
2005 – El-mina Gallery an Opening Exhibition, Ministry of Culture, 2005.
2005 – Exhibition and Auction at the ambassador Hotel- Jerusalem funded by UNDP
2004 – San Paullo Exhibition, Brazail.
2004 – Art Across Boarders, Many States in USA.
2003 -Windows from Gaza (triple exhibition Abdel Mohsin El-Qatan Foundation, Ramallah , Al-Salam Center, Biethlahem Al-Wasty Center Jerusalem. Hebron Rebuilding Committee, Hebron.
2003 – Kadvar Museum, South Africa.
2003 – Photographs from Gaza exhibition Hungary.
2002-2003- 2004- Public Auction and Exhibition in Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem .
2002 – Williams Burges Bridges Palestine Exhibition, New york .
2001 – September Harvest (Arts and crafts village Gaza).
2001 – First of January Exhibition Gaza Governorate.
2000 -2003 – September academy Daret El-Funun Amman Jordan.
2000 – Jerusalem in the eyes of the Artists Dar Al Karama, Ramallah.
1997 – Al-Quds Exhibition Qatar.
1996 – Martyrs in the memory Rashad Al-Shawa Center.
1993 – 2000 – Many of exhibits in Youth Men’s Christ