Randa Maddah

A Hair Tie


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Randa Maddah’s small bronze sculpture A Hair Tie is part of a new body of work that meditates upon the ruptures of human life, and in part upon the Syrian conflict unfolds across a fenceline from the village of Majdal Shams. Of this work Maddah writes:

“On a parallel plane, all of this takes place. The earth is split open and the sky is indifferent, with so many stories in between them. My story is the passing of the memory over a dreadful heritage not perceived yet by the oblivion.”

The title of the work, A Hair Tie, is taken from a poem by her partner Yasser Khanger.

Randa Maddah was born in Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan in 1983, Randa Maddah attended courses in painting and carving at Adham Ismail Center in 2003. She graduated from the Fine Arts College, Department of Sculpture, at Damascus University in 2005. In addition, she attended and completed a course in carving at Betsalel in 2007. Maddah is a founding member at Fatteh Al-Mudares Center for Arts and Culture in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Maddah held an individual display of her works titled “Without an Address” at Fatteh Al-Mudares Center for Arts and Culture in 2006, and participated in several collective displays including “From the Golan” in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Birzeit in 2007; young artists exhibit organized by Abdel Muhsen Qattan Institute in 2008; “Children of the Earth” at Um Al-Fahim Arts Hall in 2010.

In addition, Maddah took part in several art festivals and workshops including “Colors from Damascus” at Mustafa Ali Hall, 2005; First Sculpture Festival in the Golan organized by Fatteh Al-Mudares Center for Arts and Culture, 2007; “Stone from My Country” sculpture exhibit at Masada village in the Golan, 2009; “Mishwar,” a wood carving exhibit in Al-Maghar village, 2009; “Eye of the Basil Festival” at Ein Qinya in the Golan, 2010.

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