Mohammed Hawajri


Maryam and the Rest of Memory, 150 x 150 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014.


Maryam and the Rest of Memory

Maryam was a Palestinian peasant who would tend to her animals near Hawajri’s home by the Wadi Gaza. She would walk to the orange grove daily, a very green and fertile area, to pick various plants for feed. Hawajri recalls the conversations they would have and the smell of the orange trees and flowers during spring. He continues to have vivid memories of this time, especially given the present condition. Currently, the same area is now barren wasteland as a result of the occupation: the trees have been uprooted and destroyed, the flowers gone and the wells dried up. All that remains are the images in his memory.

Mohammed al hawajri 2013

Born in Gaza in 1976, Mohammed Al Hawajri s a founder of Gaza’s Red Crescent Society Fine Art Programme as well as one of the founders of Eltiqa Contemporary Art Collective. He has taken part in numerous arts residency programs and workshops in Paris, the UK, Jordan and Palestine and in 2000 was awarded 1st prize from the Khaled Shoman Foundation, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan.

Notable Solo Exhibitions:

  • Guernica -Gaza’ Art project  – with support from Consulate General of France in Jerusalem  the Danish Fund for Culture and Development in Palestine (2013).
  • M43′, Art and Life in an Accident (Qalandiya International), Al MAMAL Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, Palestine (2012)
  • Animal Farm’, Qattan Foundation, Ramallah and the French Consulate General, Jerusalem (2011-2012).
  • CACTUS BORDERS’, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon (2010-2011)
  • Return from Paris’, French Consulate, Palestine (Gaza , Jerusalem , Nablus , Al Nasra , Bethlehem , Hebron , Ramallah ) (2009).
  • Spirt & Perfume’, French Consulate, Palestine (Gaza , Jerusalem , Nablus , Al Nasra , Bethlehem , Hebron , Ramallah , Berzeit) (2009)
  • Zara Gallery, Grand Hayat, Amman, Jordan (2002)
  • ‘Story of the Trees’, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (2002)
  • ‘Black Dreadlock’, Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2001)
  • French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2000)
  • Young Artist Sculpture Award, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (2000)
  • ‘New Faces’, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (1999).

Notable Group Exhibitions:

  • ‘Refraction: Moving Images of Palestine’, P21 Gallery, London, UK (2012)
  • ‘Freedom: Inspirations of Mahmoud Darwish, Espace Galerie, France (2012)
  • ‘Artaq Awards’, Angers, Paris (2012)
  • ‘Projection Videos’, Theatre Jean-Vilar, Galerie Talmart, Paris (2011)
  • ‘Arab Shorts Festival’, Goeth Institute, Cairo (2011)
  • ‘Le Monde Au Fond De L’Assiette’, Association Pour Le Developpment Culturel et Artistique Cotes d’Armour, France (2011)
  • ‘Artaq Awards’, Angers, France (2011)
  • Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine (2010)
  • Jerusalem Show, Al Mamal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (2010)
  • Proche-Orient, Lily-Rose, France (2010)
  • Palestine Tous Les Jours, Gallery Arcima, Paris (2010)
  • Video Apart, Dubai International Video Art Biennial, UAE (2010)
  • ‘Creativity in All Cases’, Bahrain National Museum (2010)
  • ‘Visual Stories’, Eltiqa Artist’s House, Gaza (2010)
  • ‘Gazart’, Eltiqa Artist’s House, Gaza (2010)
  • ‘Creative Palestine’, Art Sawa, Dubai (2010)
  • ‘Eltiqa in Ramallah’, Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2010)
  • Autumn of Eltiqa, Toulouse, France (2009)
  • ‘White Night’, French Cultural Centre, Algeria (2009)
  • ‘White Night, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2009)
  • ‘Summer of Eltiqa’, Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Gaza (2009)
  • ‘Other Shadow of the City’, Palestinian Art Court, Jerusalem (2009)
  • UNDP Auction, Alhambra Palace Hotel, Jerusalem (2009)
  • ‘Creativity in All Cases’, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (2009)
  • The Jerusalem Show, Al Mamal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (2009)
  • Art Dubai, Dubai (2009)
  • Atalye Museum, Paris (2009)
  • ‘Product of Society’ (Video Installation), Le 104 Cenquatre, Paris (2009)
  • ‘Outstanding the Past’ (Performance), Le 104 Cenquatre, Paris (2009)
  • International Theatre Festival, Slovakia (2009)
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany (2009)
  • ‘Art Rest’, PRCS, Gaza (2009)
  • ‘Eltiqa’, Galerie Brigitte Graffault, France (2009)
  • ‘Traces of War’, CCF Network, Gaza, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Nablus (2009).
  • ‘In/Scene’, Video Art Exhibition, Al Housh Gallery, Jerusalem (2008)
  • 3° International Art Prize, Arte Laguna’,  Italy (2008)
  • International Painting Symposium, Mediterranean in Art Waves of Emotions , CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Bescara, Italy (2008)
  • XIII Biennale of Young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Bary, Italy (2008)
  • The Jerusalem Show, Al Mamal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem memory of the future in city international of arts Paris, France (2008)
  • Fair Handal Dar Al Karama Om Al Fahem, Galerie L’Acadie, France (2008)
  • Eltiqa, Toulouse University, France (2008)
  • Occupy the Space, Mosaic Room, London (2008)
  • ‘Gaza Seasons’, Arab Library, Geneva, Switzerland (2007)
  • ‘The White Night’, CCF, Gaza (2006,2007)
  • Eltiqa, Albi, Toulouse, France (2007)
  • Gaza Shooed Pieces, Albi, Toulouse, Rodez, France (2007)
  • ‘From Sands to Gray’, Gaza (2006)
  • ‘Occupy the Space’, London (2006)
  • ’10 Artists from Palestine’, Various cities in France (2004-2005)
  • ‘Palestinian Artists’ – Manior – Margtini – Switzerland (2005)
  • ‘Contemporary Palestinian Art’, International Academy of Arts, Oslo, Norway (2005)
  • ‘Contemporary Palestinian Art’, International Academy of Art, Gaza/ Ramallah (2005)
  • ‘6 Artists’, French Cultural Centre, Nablus- Nazareth- Jerusalem- Gaza (2003)
  • ‘I Remember 1948’, Sydney, Australia (2003)
  • ‘Winter 2002’, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2002)
  • International Book festival, Geneva, Switzerland (2002)
  • Marwan Kassab Bachi Student Exhibition, Darat Al Funun, Jordan (2001)
  • Arabic Jerusalem, Jordanian Artists Union, Amman, Jordan (2001)
  • ‘We Will Be’, PRCS, Gaza, Palestine (2001)
  • The 4th Al Sharjah Biennale, UAE (2001)
  • September Harvesting Exhibition, Gaza Arts Village (2001)
  • An Nakba Memorial, Joint Mural Painting, Gaza (2001)
  • Gallery de la Crenetle, Louzan, Switzerland (2001)
  • ‘In the Shadow of Intifada’, Gaza, Art and Crafts Village (2001)
  • Amman Summer Exhibition, Arts Palace, Amman, Jordan (2001)
  • Young Artists Exhibition, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah (1999)
  • Horizons, YMCA, Gaza (1999)
  • ‘Jerusalem is a Bridge For Return’, Mural Project (1999)
  • ‘Creation of Palestinian Memory’, Gaza (1998)
  • ‘Free Colours’, Holst Cultural Centre, Gaza (1998)
  • ‘Arab Young Festival XIX, Alexandria, Egypt (1998)
  • Friendship of UN- Japan, UN, Gaza (1997)
  • Palestine Spring Festival, Marseille, France (1997)



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