Rula Halawani

Confused Memories

Photography Series, 2014

Hamam Version Mary

In 2013 I visited the north of Palestine with my family for the first time since high school. We went to Ras al Naqura next to the Lebanese border, which was one of my favourite places in Palestine as a child. I stood on top of the hill looking down on the Mediterranean Sea and was shocked at how different it was. I could not find my memories of this place. Childhood scenes of the pure sand merging with a sea that seemed to hug the blue skies were not there anymore. The landscape of Palestine that I grew up with is gone.


In this project I am curating images that symbolise the distorted scene of the traditional landscape of Palestine; I intend to go back to the places I loved during my childhood and photograph what they look like now.

Rula Halawani

(1964, Jerusalem)


Rula Halawani earned her BA in Photography from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada before moving to London to complete her MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster. Founder and Director of the Photographic Unit at Birzeit University in Ramallah, Halawani introduced the first academic training program of its kind in Palestine.


Growing up under the occupation in East Jerusalem and working as a photographer in an intensely political environment, Halawani's work demonstrates a strong relationship between art and politics. Her documentary photographs depict aspects of Palestinian life and have been widely exhibited in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA. Her work is included in museum collections such as the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Khalid Shoman Foundation Darat Al Funun in Jordan. Halawani's art was included in the 2003 and 2005 Sharjah Biennials, the 2007 Thessaloniki Biennale, the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan (2012), the Boston Museum of Fine Art (2013), the Houston Fotofest (2014), and a solo show in London at the Selma Feriani Gallery (2013). Retrospectives of her work have been shown at the Le Botanique, Brussels (2008) and the Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem (2009). Halawani is represented by the Selma Feriani Gallery in London.


Halawani lives and works in Jerusalem.


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