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 LAILA SHAWA

graduated summa cum laude in Fine Arts from the Italian Academia di Belle Arti in 1964 and received a diploma in plastic arts from the Academia San Giacomo in Rome. She returned to Gaza in 1965 to teach arts and crafts to underprivileged children until 1967. She now lives and works in London. Her work is based on a heightened sense of realism and targets injustice and persecution wherever their roots may be. The initial impetus for a piece often comes from her own photographs, but also from scenes and fragments of happenings she witnesses.

Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, in most Arab countries, North Africa, Iraq, Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, and USA. She is represented in public and private collections across the world, including the National Galleries of Jordan and Malaysia, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the British Museum in London, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.