Join us for a talk with the Palestinian artist Usama Said where he will share with us stories about his life, a background of his artworks, the techniques he uses in his work and experiences he encountered throughout his lifetime which have influenced his artworks until today.
Said was born in 1957 in the small town of Nahef, located between the Lower and Upper Galilee. In the early 1980s he packed his family’s history via stories handed down by his grandfather and images of the region’s natural landscapes and left for Germany. Said started his artistic career with a degree in Fine Arts in Berlin. After graduating with high honours from Hochschule der Künste, he was granted several scholarships, awards, and residencies that encouraged and expanded his artistry whilst allowing his stay in Germany to last 16 years. Having painted for years while abroad with only memories of Palestine, Said was struck by the painful reality of Palestinian life upon his return.
Gallery One – Sunday 22 August, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 pm