Samah Shihadi

B. 1987
 
Samah Shihadi, recipient of the 2018 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realistic Art, is among the modern generation of young female Palestinian artists and one of the unique voices in the local field of art. Through her chosen media, hyperrealism, she scrutinises issues pertaining to identity, her native traditional society and her political reality. In her work, Shihadi offers realistic insight and a feminist stance which address female identity in both Arab culture and the world at large. Her delicate drawings, made with great precision touch on topics central to contemporary art, and offer a pronouncement and visual report that fluctuates between the internal, personal, social and cultural. Her drawings, created in a slow, meticulous, and prolonged work process, also evoke a sense of urgency and immediacy regarding subjects in the here and now: the status of women in society, tradition and religious belief versus social and political reality, and local landscapes charged with history.

Shihadi has an M.F.A. from the University of Haifa, and a B.ED. in art from Oranim Academic College of Education. A multiple award winner, Shihadi has exhibited extensively internationally and her work has been collected by several institutions including LACMA. 
 

EDUCATION
2013-2015 M.F.A. The Art Department, Haifa University
2008-2012 B.ED. Art & Education, Oranim College

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020, Terra (Un)firma, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE
2019, Spellbound, Tel Aviv Museum of Art 

2019, The way home, Wilfrid Israel museum, hazorea
2018, Hungry for Home, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE
2015, Machanaim, Machanaim Art Gallery, 

2015 Wanted, Umm el fahem Gallery, Umm el fahem

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Objects of imagination, Jordan national gallery, Jordan

2019 Family stories, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2019 Beyond the veil, Memoire de L'avenir gallery, Paris, France

2019 Our permanent guardian, Yasser Arafat museum, Ramallah

2019 Belonging, Dubai design district, Dubai

2019 “1948”, Haifa city museum, Haifa

2019 Limit less, The gallery at the walled off hotel, Bethlehem

2018, Khamsa, Islamic museum, Jerusalem

2018, Art Dubai 2018, Dubai

2018, House…..Houses, The gallery at the walled off hotel, Bethlehem

2018, Motion trap, Idris gallery, Tel Aviv 

2017, A sight of disjunction, Mangm, Haifa 

2017, A sight of disjunction, Beit saa, Ramallah 

2017, Hamsin, the collaborative art center, Givat Haviva

2017, Third Identity, CAP Kuwait, Kuwait

2016, Head & tails, Binyamin gallery, Tel Aviv

2016, Roots of identity, art on 56th gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

2016, Paper Biennale 6, Artists' House, Jerusalem

2016, The winners: Ministry of Culture and Sport Prizes for Art and Design, Herzliya Museum, Herzliya 

2016, Zoom 2016, ticho house, Jerusalem

2016, Palestine format actuel, mac.a expo2, Asilah, morocco

2016, The identity of the Palestinian artist, Umm El Fahem Gallery, Umm El Fahem 

2016, Fresh Paint 8, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv 

2016, Durability, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Art and Culture, Bethlehem

2016, Crossroads, Zawyeh Gallery, Ramallah

2015, Spots and Signatures, Sister House, Tel Aviv 

2015, Spots and Signatures, The House of Culture & Art, Nazareth

2015, Bread and Roses 10, Shenkar College, Ramat Gan

2015, We will see the Other Days, Gabirol Gallery, Tel Aviv

2015, Personal to the Bone, The House of Culture & Art, Nazareth

2015, Graduate Exhibition (MFA), Haifa University, Haifa

2015, Palestinian Artists Exhibition, HerzLilienblum Museum, Tel Aviv " Similarity", Hecht Museum, Haifa

2014, Bread and Roses 9, Kastiel as is, Tel Aviv

2014, Galilee Paint 2, Ort School, Tiberias

2014, Combination, The House of Culture & Art, Nazareth

2014, Contact, Hecht Museum, Haifa Paper Work, Mofet Institute, Tel Aviv

2012, Low Tech, Wadi Gallery, Haifa

2012, Log in log out, Beit Hagefen Gallery, Haifa

2012, Bread and Roses 7, Minshar School of Art, Tel Aviv

2012, Graduate Exhibition (B.ED), Oranim College, Tivon

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2018 Haim shiff prize for figurative- realistic art

2018, Pais Culture Council Support in Exhibition and Catalog
2016, Ismail Shammout Award in Fine Art 

2015, Young Award, Ministry of Culture & Sport 

2015, Excellency Award, Haifa University 

2014, Promising Artists, Galilee Paint Art Fair 

2013, Pais Culture Council Support in Exhibition and Catalog 

2012, Excellency Award, Oranim College