April – May 2019
Ayed Arafah was born in Jerusalem in 1983 and currently lives in Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem. He holds a BA in Contemporary Visual Arts from the Academy of International Arts, Ramallah. Additionally he had an academic exchange scholarship at the University of Brighton.
His works vary between drawing, composition, installation, video and photography. The practice of art to him is a journey of productions based on experiments, in which he seeks to develop his visual skills and relay between subjects and ideas that may produce endless questions. He believes that art is a process of rephrasing the calcified concepts or vocabulary produced by human societies.
Ayed participated in local group exhibitions in Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jericho, and internationally in London, Oslo, Cairo and Beirut. He participated in art programs in Amsterdam, the Austrian city of Graz and he also spent art residencies in Biella, Italy, and the Rockefeller Estate in New York. Afterwards, he created a mural for the late struggler, Rachel Corrie, in the Palestinian Museum before its opening as the first Palestinian museum in the United States of America.
Ayed recently held art exhibitions entitled «Your Place is a Secret» at Bab al-Deir Gallery and another exhibition entitled «Thor» or "Bull" at the Walled Off Hotel Gallery in Bethlehem. The last exhibition he held was in the Lebanese capital of Beirut entitled «From Jerusalem to Beirut». He currently lives and works in his own studio in city of Bethlehem.
Supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation through the “Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field” project funded by Sweden.