Mohammed Joha

B. 1978


Mixed media artist Mohammed Joha is distinguished by his elaborate personal style of painting, a masterly combination of various artistic elements in his compositions, and the encoding of sophisticated messages. Through mixed techniques of painting, collages, installation, together with a most spontaneous, expressive style, much of his work has explored the questions and conditions of childhood and the loss of innocence and freedom experienced by generations of children from his region. The overcoming of physical and psychological barriers imposed by social and political events, resilience and identity are recurrent themes. The closer his works are examined, the more complex they become, in texture, content, and narrative. These multilayered, transformed representations of reality leave room for imagination and interpretation because they are inspired by universal values and reflect the memory of a collective entity, without being bound to cultural restrictions or temporary or local individualistic gestures.

Joha graduated in Art Education from Al-Aqsa University in 2003. This same year he participated in a workshop residency in Darat Al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation in Amman Jordan, supervised by artist Marwan Kassab Bacchi. In 2004, he was the winner of the A. M. Qattan Foundation's "Hassan Al Hourani Young Artist Award", when he was selected Artist of the Year 2004. This allowed him to reside in the “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris in 2005 and 2008.

 

EDUCATION
2003, BA Art Education, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine
2001-3, Storyboard, Illustration, Tamer Institute for Community Education, Gaza, Palestine 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019, Fabric Of Memory, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE 
2016, Joha - The Journey, Rich Mix Gallery, curated by Arts Canteen, London, UK 
2016, Inside x Outside, Artspace Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon 
2016, Races and Revelation, Oriental Museum, Durham University, curated by Arts Canteen, UK 
2012, The Jasmine and Bread Revolution, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE 
2011, Dream in Black and White, The Mosaic Room & AM Qattan Foundation, London, UK 
2011, All that is Unknown, Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Jerusalem, Palestine
2008, Art Behind the News, EineWeltHaus, Munich, Germany 
2008, IN x OUT, Citè Internationale des arts, Paris, France 
2006, Passages of Time, National Ethnographic and Pre-historical Museum Luigi Pigorini, Rome, Italy 
2006, The Shade and the Shade of the Other, Horti Lamiani Bettivo Gallery, Rome, Italy 
2006, Burned Dolls, Al Mina Gallery, Gaza, Palestine 
2005, The Cage, French Cultural Center, Gaza, Ramallah, Nablous, Jerusalem, Palestine 
2005, Tales, Citè Internationale des arts, Paris, France 
2004, Clothes Line, AM. Qattan Foundation,Ramallah, Palestine 
2003, Clothes Line, The Peace Center, Bethlehem, Palestine
2003, Flower Poets and Stories, Khalil Al-Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2018El Beit, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE 

2014, Faces... A Glimpse in Time, Palestinian Art Court- Al Hoash, Jerusalem, Palestine 
2013, Resilience and Light, Studio 3Gallery University of Kent, curated by: Arts Canteen, Kent, UK

2012, Despite, Rich Mix Gallery , curated by Arts Canteen, London, UK 
2010, Creative Palestinian Arts, Competition/Exhibition/Publication, Art Sawa Dubai, UAE 
2009Gaza 61 + Seoul 59 Gallery Young (Samchun-dong), Seoul, South Korea 
2009Posi on de a a Morlai au Oudour, Morlaix, France 
2008, Five Artists from Gaza, Algerian Cultural Center, Paris, France 
2003, September Harvest, Darat Al-Funun, Organised by lite artist: Marwan Qassab Bacchi, 2003, Amman, Jordan 
2002, Artists have a Different Opinion, Rashad Al-Shawa Cultural Centre, Gaza, Palestine 
20022x12, Arts and Crafts Village, Gaza, Palestine 

ART FAIRS
2019, Abu Dhabi Art
2016, Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon 
2016, Bahrain Art Fair, Manama, Bahrain 
2011, Munich Contempo International Art Fair, Munich, Germany 

 

AWARDS
2017-18, Shortlisted Jury member of the Young Artist Award YAYA, AM Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine
2008, Citè International des arts, Paris, France
2005, Citè International des arts, Paris, France
2004, The first prize and artist of the year for the selected project (Clothes Line) drawing/installation

2004, Hassan Hourani Young Artist Award, AM Qattan Foundation Ramallah, Palestine 
2003, Darat Al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan