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Laila Shawa (Palestinian, b.1940)
LOT ID: 78609
Gaza Sky, 2011

Digital Print, on light watercolor Inova paper 270 grams.
35.45 х 19.7 in. (90.04 x 50.04 cm.)
Signed, other, with title and edition number all bottom front, and stamped on the upper right.
Print/Casting Year 2011
Edition 6
Lot description
"Gaza Strip" (2011) is an unabashedly colorful and dynamic work by internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern female artist Laila Shawa (Palestine, b. 1940), who is famous for her works that employ Pop Art, Urban art and traditional Middle Eastern iconography to evoke a feelings of hope and resistance felt by many of those living in the tumultuous Middle East region today. This print belongs to her "Trapped" series defined by dynamic compositions of neon colored military drones and "WHAAM!" explosions. This work is from an edition of 6 measures 35.45 x 19.70 inches (90 x 50 cm) and is in excellent condition.

Laila Shawa received her formal education from the Italian Accademia di Belle Arti, and graduated from Accademia San Giacomo in Rome. Born in Gaza in 1940, Laila Shawa creates works that express her concern with the tumultuous political realities of where she lives, extracting from her own photographs to chronicle her experiences and events of the past and present. She has exhibited in countries like Italy, Germany, Austria, and the U.K., North Africa, Iraq, Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia and USA, and throughout the Middle East. Her works are held in top public and private collections including: National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C; The National Galleries of Jordan, The National Galleries of Malaysia; The Ashmolean Museum, U.K.;, The British Museum,U.K. and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. Her work is currently on a touring solo exhibition in Brazil, in the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil’s exhibition Isla, the first major exhibition of Islamic Art in Brazil. The artist currently lives and works in London.
Gaza Sky by Laila Shawa
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