Malak Mattar | The New Engagement

Malak Mattar

Malak Mattar

Malak Mattar

Malak Mattar is a 16-year-old artist based in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza. She taught herself to paint at just 14, looking for a productive way to channel her fear and use her confinement during the 51-day Israeli assault on Gaza in 2014. Since then, her work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, from Jerusalem to Spain to India. She recently had a solo exhibition in Bristol, England—despite not being allowed to travel there as a Palestinian with no internationally-recognized citizenship in any country.

In addition to continuing to work with children in Gaza, Malak dreams of eventually also helping children in Lebanon discover art as a form of self-expression for communities torn apart by war, dissention or other disasters.

Work by This Artist

A Queen by Malak Mattar
By Malak Mattar

Unmovable, but vulnerable.

Occupied by Malak Mattar
By Malak Mattar

The thinker works through unfathomable concerns.

Starry Sighs by Malak Mattar
By Malak Mattar

The dreamer gets safely lost within the constellations.

The Renewed Mona Lisa by Malak Mattar
By Malak Mattar

The mystery behind the smirk deepens.

Wounded Weepers by Malak Mattar
By Malak Mattar

An ocular stigmata begets a river of bloody tears.

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