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Mohammad Harb

Sector : Cultural Figures , Artists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1979
  • Age : 37
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Born in Gaza city in 1979, Mohamed Kamel Harb studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at An-Najah University in Nablus, specialising in interior design and décor. Already at the age of 16 Harb was a member of the technical committee of the International Mediterranean Festival in Gaza and participated in several workshops organised by the general union of cultural centres together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Arts and Crafts Village. He also participated in the drawing of a huge mural in Gaza city commemorating the Nakba, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the general union of cultural centres. After graduation in 2001, Harb joined the Palestinian Plastic Arts Society in Gaza and subsequently became a member of the Plastic Artists Association in Ramallah. In 2005 he took part in a photography and video art workshop in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Society for Contemporary Art.

 
The first turning point in his artistic life took place while a member at the YMCA in Gaza city, where he attended several art workshops. His distinctive artistic character became more evident in 2001 when he had his first solo exhibition in Nablus. This became more clear in an exhibition he held in Gaza in 2003 titled “Incomplete Features,” in which he dealt with bodies and features and their connection to the place (Gaza) and the extent of the effect of the place on a person’s features, especially the Intifada, the closures and the blockade. In 2003 Harb was nominated by the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre in Ramallah to study at the Academy of Art in Amman, Jordan, with the support of the Khaled Shouman Association. Through the Ministry of Culture, he was chosen to participate in a course at the Society of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Norway.
 
Harb has exhibited his art and works at numerous group exhibitions, mainly in Gaza. He participated in a group exhibition at Al-Azhar University in 1996 and at the French Cultural Centre in 1997. In 1998 his works were shown at an exhibition commemorating the Intifada at the art gallery of An-Najah University in Nablus. He also participated in an exhibition at the Abdul Hamid Shouman Foundation in Jordan in 2004. Harb’s paintings were among those exhibited and auctioned by the UNDP at the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem in 2003 and 2004, in an attempt to promote the works of Gazan artists outside the Gaza Strip. The initiative proved successful and is being repeated every year. In 2005 Harb’s works were shown in Oslo, alongside those of other artists from Gaza and Ramallah. Other group exhibitions were at the Rashad Al-Shawa Centre and the Arts and Crafts Village in Gaza and the Bank of Palestine.



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