Humans frequently wear hypothetical ‘masks’ as a means of concealing their true identity. This often arises due to a lack of confidence in oneself or a fear of being judged by others. However, what often happens, is that this guise which acts as a defence mechanism, allows the superficial aspects of one’s ego to arise, thereby preventing the individual from fulfilling their true potential. By creating a reflective mask, Mohammed Abu Hashish asks us to contemplate the role we have played in influencing and affecting others, as well as to consider ‘the other’s’ impact on us.
Born in 1988 in Rafah refugee camp, Mohammed Abu Hashish currently lives in Maghazi Camp, Gaza. He holds a BA in Arts Education from Aqsa University (2010) where he undertook various courses in woodwork and ceramics. He has participated in the creation of numerous murals for public spaces around Gaza.