artist: Abusal Mohamed  


Mohamed Abusal (b. 1976, Gaza) artistic projects are daring, critical and scathing comments on what is deemed permissible in terms of technology and civilization in Gaza today. His “Metro in Gaza” (2012) proposes a network of seven metro lines to connect the different areas of Gaza Strip. He made an illuminated metro sign and set off to fix and photograph this sign wherever he imagines the metro stations should be. His “Shambar” (2013) is on the alternative and creative light solutions created or lived by people in Gaza as a result of the continuous disconnection of electricity. Shown at Al-Mamal Foundation in Jerusalem, and the French Institute in Gaza, Ramallah, and Nablus, the work exists in photographic and painting series. Abusal exhibited extensively around the world over the last decade, notably in France, where he has had several solo exhibitions, in addition to the US, UK, Australia, and Dubai. In 2005 he was awarded the Charles Aspry Prize for Contemporary Art. He is a founding member of “Eltiqa”, a an active group of contemporary artists that came together in 2002.

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Mohamed Abusal


Born in Gaza, Palestine, 1976
Lives and work in Gaza.
Tel: +970 8 25 65 568
Mobile: +970 599 606 212

Solo Exhibitions

 2016  "PainFortable", a conceptual research project, Eltiqa Gallery, Gaza.


2013  “SHAMBAR” , Photography, courated by (Lara Al Khalidi), Showed in Al-Mamal gallery – Jerusalem, & French Institute Galleries (Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus) Palestine


2012  “a Metro in Gaza”, Installation & Performance photography, courated by (Ala Younis), Showed in French Institute Galleries (Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus) Palestine, & Gallery of University of LYON-France

2011   "PASSIVE", The Cite International des Arts – Paris. & Mica Gallery, SHUBBAK Festival - London

2009       “Light” “Eclairage”, Center Culture France Network – Gaza, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus. Palestine

2009     “Dot in Calligraphy”, Carre Gallery (Axe En Provence, Lyon, France)

2006       “Boarders”, Ville d’Albi, France

2005       “a Story of 99 Cactus”, Gallery Centre Press, Rodez – France

2004       “The Magic Box”, The Friends School – Ramallah (Qattan Foundation Art Award), Palestine

2001       “The Identity; between warmth colors and the dream of generations”, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine

2000       “Blue Window”, YMCA, Gaza, Palestine


Group Exhibitions

 2016 – "Art for Hope", Art Dubai Season.


2015 – "First Biennale of Arab Photo", Institute du Monde Arabe, France, Curated by Geraldine Bloch.

          - "87", Qalandia International, Under the concept "Archives Lived and Shared", Eltiqa gallery, Gaza Strip, Palestine.

          - "Colors of Life", Zawyeh Gallery, Al-Bereh-Ramallah, Palestine. Curated by Suliman Mlihat.


2014 - "ARTPALESTINE 2014", April 2014 at White Box Center, New York City, curated by Mary Evangelista

- "Windows Into Gaza", Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, curated by Felim Egan
- "Traces", Memorial collective exhibition curated by Yasmin Sharabi

           - Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence (MoMRtA), curated by Ala Younis, Sakakini culture center, Ramallah, Palestine.

          - “Imagery – Beyond Oblivion and Remembering # Zero Edition”, Al Hoash in Jerusalem. Curated by "Alia Rayan & Yazid Anani".

          - "A PRISM WHEN IN THE SHADE", TEMPORARY AGENCY SPACE, Brooklyn NY, Curated by Jack Davidson


          - "87", Qalandia International, Under the concept "Archives Lived and Shared", Eltiqa gallery, Gaza Strip, Palestine.

          - "A PRISM WHEN IN THE SHADE", TEMPORARY AGENCY SPACE, Brooklyn NY, Curated by Jack Davidson


2013  - “Jordanian, Palestinian, French ”, Artists Union Space, Amman, Jordan

            - "Deep into that Darkness Peering", Dual Exhibition Curated by "Lara Al-Khalidi", Sakakini Culture Center, Ramallh - Palestin

            - "MoMRtA", Public National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers, Exhibition curated by "Ala Younis"


2012  - AMBIENTARTE (Terza Edizione), Yacht Med Festival, Sede Associazione Culturale Novecento, Italy

           - DEFIANCE, The Stone Space gallery, Leytonstone, London. Courated by Arts Canteen (Aser Al-Saqqa)

           - "a Meeting in Eltiqa House" Workshop & Collective Exhibition, Eltiqa Artists House, Gaza

           - Middle East festival, Lyon University

           - Francophone Day, French Institute Gaza & Jerusalem


2011  - MAGMART / International Video Art Festival, Italy

           - Autre Monde, Mobile exhibition, Toulouse monicipality show room, Moissac, France

           - Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair, United Kingdom, Courated by Arts Canteen (Aser Al-Saqqa)

         - Repercussions of Blue, In Memory of Rhonda Adnan Saad, An exhibition featuring selected art works from the Yvette and Mazen Qupty art collection. Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem, Palestine


2010   - Visual Stories, Eltiqa Artists House, Gaza - (Cooperate with Qattan, PCHR, Eltiqa)

            - GAZART, Exhibition & Workshop, Eltiqa artists house

            - CREATIVE PALESTINIAN ART, Art Sawa, Dubai - 14 March 2010

            - Politography, Photography and exhibition workshop, Eltiqa & Shababeik, Directed with Goeth Institute.

      - VIDEO’APPART Paris–Dubai BiennialHosting, 10–28 March,2010 (France/Korea) - Courtesy of Galerie Mamia BreteschéVideo’Appart Paris-Dubai

           - Colors of Hope, UNDP annual auction exhibition, Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem, Palestine


2009  - Art Rest, Organized by Eltiqa, PRCS – Gaza, Palestine

            - Traces Du Guerre, CCF – Gaza, Palestine

            - ELTIQA, Gallery Brigitte Griffault, Le Scribe – Montauban – France

            - Colors from Palestine, Bank of Palestine hall – Gaza & Ramallah, Cooperate with French Consulate


2008  - ELTIQA, L’Accadi Gallery, Cajarc, France

           - “Here not Here”, workshop, between Gaza & Ville de Najac, France

           - Without Preparing, photograph exhibition, Place Makan, Amman, Jordan

           - “La Nuit Blanche”, CCF, Gaza

           - JUS DE CACTUS, Un Autre Regard Sur La Palastine, Maison de Metallos, Paris


2007  - Gaza Seasons, Gallery of Arab Bookshop, Geneva, Switzerland

           - ELTIQA, Mobile exhibition, Albi, Toulouse, France

           - Gaza shooed pieces, Albi, Toulouse, Rodez – France


2006  - From Sands to Gray & From Gray to Sands, Photography workshop with Swiss Artist, Gaza, Palestine

2005   - 10 Artists from Palestine – Mobile @ 10 Cities in France (June2004-November2005)

           - “Pienture Photography Palestine” PPP – Le Manoir de la Ville de Martigny – Switzerland. –From  June until September


2004   - Palestine in Photographs – UNISCO gallery – Beirut, Lebanon

            -Photos from Palestine – Hungary (Palestinian Ministry of Culture organization)

2003   - Williamsburg Bridges Palestine, New York, USA

             - Seeds of Art – ZARA Gallery - Jordan

             - I Remember 1948, The Performance Space, Cleveland Street, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

             - Made in Palestine, Art Car Museum, Houston, TX, USA

             - 6 Artists from Gaza, CCF Centre Cultural France, Jerusalem, Palestine

          - Art Across Borders, A traveling exhibition of contemporary Palestinian and Iraqi art Retail Therapy Gallery, Capitol Hill (Corner of Pike and Broaday), Babylon Art & Cultural Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

2002   - Williamsburg Bridges Palestine, New York, USA

           - Marwan Kassab Bachi Students Exhibition, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2001   - Arabic Jerusalem, Jordanian Artists Union, Amman, Jordan

           - We Will Be, PRCS, Gaza, Palestine

           - The 4th Al Sharjah Biennale, UAE

           - September Harvesting, Arts Village, Gaza, Palestine


2000   - "In the Shadows of the Intifada", Arts Village, Gaza, Palestine

1999   - 4 Young Artists, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine

            - Horizons, YMCA, Gaza, Palestine

            - Jerusalem is a Bridge for Return, a Mural Project, Latin School Hall, Gaza, Palestine

1998   Free Colors, Holst Cultural Center, Gaza, Palestine

1997   Friendship of UN-Japan Exhibition, UN, Gaza, Palestine

1999-2001    Amman's Summer Exhibition, Arts Palace, Jordan

1994-1997    Participated in several group exhibitions


Education, Courses & Workshops

2002-2011          - Self Developing in multimedia and graphic techniques

2010                       - POLITOGRAPHY, Photography workshop, Directed with Goethe Institute

2001                       - Graphic Design Course, University of Macromedia, USA

1999                       - BA Degree in Accounting – IUG - Gaza

99-2003                - Graphic techniques courses by Professor Marwan Bachi – Member of Berlin Arts Center, Darat Al Funun, Art Academy. Amman, Jordan

1998                       - Illustration Workshop for Children's Stories, French Cultural Center, Gaza

                                - Mural Painting Course, Japanese Artist “Tetso Kimetany”, UNDP Gaza


Scholarships, Residencies, Awards

        -          2016 Nominated by MUCEM for attend Camargo Foundation residency.

-         2016 GAZA Inedite, Scientific and Cultural Days Event, Organized by: (Institut français de Jérusalem, Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo), Institut du monde arabe (IMA), Consulat général de France à Jérusalem, BULAC (Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations de l'Inalco - Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Mucem (Musée des Civilisations d’Europe et de Méditerranée))

-          2015 Won AFAC Visual Art Production Award, "PainFortable" research project.

-          Won Al-Mawred Award, 2010-2011, “Metro in Gaza” conceptual project

-          City International des Arts residency-Paris, Nominated from Qattan Foundation, French Consulate & M. O. Culture in Palestine, 2011

-          Charles Aspry Prize for Contemporary Art - 2005

-          Nominated by TDK – Senegal International Art Program - 2004

-          Nominated by Qattan Foundation – Hassan Hourani Art Award - 2004

-          Nominated by Vermont Studio Center to acquire The International Vermont Scholarship in January 2004, USA

-          Nominated by Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center to participate in Darat Al Funun Summer Academy, under the supervision of Artist Marwan Kassab Bachi, Amman, Jordan, (Years 1999, 2000, 2001)



        -          A founding member of ELTIQA group for contemporary art in the year 2002

-          Palestine Art online community portal, managing, research and document

-          Working in graphic, illustration and web design field since the year 2000

-          Giving art rules lessons through Eltiqa gallery and programs with NGOs


Bibliography, Reviews, Publications

       - Creative Palestine book, Published by Art Sawa gallery, Dubai, UAE, 2010

        - Colors of Hope, UNDP, Jerusalem, Pa;estine 2010

        - Radio MontiCarlo interview, France, 2009

        - Al-Ayyam newspaper, Article by “Tahseen Yaqein” Ramallah, Palestine, 2000

        - Preoccupying Zones - The Young Artist of the Year (2004), “Hasan Hourani Art Award”, Qattan foundation, Palestine 2004

        -  “Made in Palestine” book, Station museum, Huston USA 2003

     - The Butterfly's burden”, Using one of Identity painting for the last poem Diwan for “Mahmoud Darwish”, Copper Conion Press, Canada

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