01 Painting, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 2q

Laila Shawa (Palestine, born 1940)
Red Table, c. 2009
Digital print and mixed media on canvas
100 x 148cm (39 3/8 x 58 1/4in).
Private collection

Laila Shawa (Born Gaza 1940) is a Palestinian artist. Her work has been described as reflecting a view of the politics of her country highlighting perceived injustices and persecution. Often her work uses photographs that are used as the base for silkscreen printing. Her work has been internationally exhibited and has work on display in many public (e.g. The British Museum) and private collections.

In 2012 to go alongside the AKA Peace Exhibition at the ICA  Art Below showcased selected works from the AKA Peace series on the London Underground including Shawa's. "AKA Peace" originally conceived by photographer Bran Symondson and now curated by artist Jake Chapman, is an exhibition of new works made specially for The Peace One Day Project 2012, bringing together a group of Contemporary Artists, all of whom agreed to transform a decommissioned AK-47 assault rifle, refashioning into artworks. More on Laila Shawa

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