‘Housh’ is Mohammed Al Madhoun’s visual interpretation of the house he was raised in, in Jabaliya Refugee camp, Gaza. It still exists as it was after 1948 despite the demolition and rebuilding of the homes that surrounded it. This particular view, a simple corner of the building with its cracked walls and subtle lighting, evokes Al Madhoun’s desire to depict, in detail, the many layers of its foundation- layers that also reflect the time-honoured history of the family that lived within its walls.
Born in Gaza in 1979, Mohammed Al Madhoun holds a BA in Art Education as well as a Diploma in Illustration. He is a member of the Palestinian Fine Arts Association and has previously worked at UNRWA. Mohammad has supervised various arts related training courses and was granted an arts residency in Paris between 2012/ 13. He currently works for the Ministry of Education, Gaza.
- ‘Political Guidance’, Gaza (1996).
- ‘Prospects’, YMCA Gallery, Gaza (1998).
- Arts and Crafts Village, Gaza (2002)
- Tripoli, Libya (2003).
- Tamer, Educational Institution, Gaza (2002, 2003, 2004).
- Port Gallery and the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, Gaza (2003).
- Al Aqsa University Gallery, Gaza (2003).
- Rescue the Children (Foundation), Gaza (2004).
- Ministry of Education, Gaza (2008, 2009).
- ‘Culture and Free Thought’, Gaza (2010).
- ‘Power and Challenging Time’, Qattan Foundation, Gaza (2011).
- Directorate of Education, Gaza (2011).
- ‘Challenge Features’, Red Crescent Society, Palestine (2012).
- ‘Nobility’, Studio of Palestine, Paris (2012).
- International City of Art, Paris (2013).