Samah Hijawi

Multimedia artist, writer and astrologer. Her projects are deeply rooted in historical narratives that are used to re-imagine our contemporary lives beyond the radicalised and polarised discourses that define our lives today. In her recent project Kitchen. Table, she explores the history and cosmology of food on our tables.

She recently completed a PhD in art practice titled Chicken Scribbles and the Dove that Looks Like a Frog, where she explored the deconstruction of colonial representations of Palestine through performance and collage.

In her previous life, she collaborated with Ola El-Khalidi and Diala Khasawneh in directing Makan (2003–2016), an independent contemporary art space in Amman, Jordan. And together with Shuruq Harb and Toleen Touq, she co-curated the platform ‘The River has Two Banks’ (2012–2017), initiated to address the distances and proximity between Jordan and Palestine.


Cover for: Pledge under a tree

Travelling to Jordan soon after the beginning of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, Belgium-based artist Samah Hijawi witnesses Palestinian people’s fear, anger, guilt and confusion. Reflections on proximity and positionality at a moment of intense crisis.

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