First-ever Ramallah Art Fair opens showcasing 26 Palestinian artists

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Dec 2020

The Fair's first edition opened on 14 December 2020 and continues until 4 March 2021

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In its first ever edition, the Ramallah Art Fair opened on Monday 14 December at the city's Zawyeh Gallery.

The exhibition features over 100 peices of work by Palestinian artists:  Bashar Khalaf, Rana Samara, Rawan Khaliliyyeh, Sliman Mansour, Wadea Khaled, Nabil Anani, Khaled Hourani, Durar Bacri, Shada Safadi, Tayseer Barakat, Fouad Agbaria, Ola Zaitoun, Bashar Alhroub, Yazan Abu Salameh, Ibrahim Al-Mozain, Fadi Batrice, Hosni Radwan, Munther Jawabreh, Shafik Radwan, Sana Bishara, Mahdi Baraghithi, Asma Ghanem, Karim Abu Shakra, Mohammad Khalil, Maisara Barood and Fayez Sirsawi.

"This first edition features sets of works created recently or produced specifically for the fair by Palestinian artists, some of whom haven’t exhibited in the gallery before. The launching of the event comes as an attempt to provide original Palestinian art in affordable prices, and [as] a way of encouraging local collectors as well as young and emerging artists during the upcoming festive season. [The] audience are encouraged to support Palestinian art by choosing unique presents of original pieces," read the gallery note about the exhibition.

The gallery reveals that the work included in the Fair “explore a variety of subjects stemming from Palestinian context.”

The independent Visual Art Gallery, Zawyeh was founded in Ramallah, Palestine in 2013 with the aim of promoting emerging and established Palestinian artists – from Palestine and the Diaspora – through various thematic exhibitions at home and aboard.

Since February 2020, the gallery has expanded by opening in a second location at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, UAE.

"Zawyeh believes in investing in creativity and artistic talent in Palestine, as a way of resilience in the face of adversaries," the gallery's statement reads.

The Ramallah Art Fair continues until 4 March 2021.

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