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Noor Abuarafeh

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Noor Abuarafeh, b.1986, Jerusalem, Palestine.

Noor Abuarafeh is a Palestinian artist who lives and works in Jerusalem, a graduate of ECAV (MA), and a graduate of the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (BA). Between degrees she participated in Homeworks study at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut.

She works primarily with video, performance, publication and text. Her work addresses memory, history, archive and the possibilities of tracing absence. Abuarafeh’s videos and performances are text based and question the complexity of history and how it is shaped, constructed, made, perceived, visualized and understood – and how all these elements are related to fact and fiction, and the possibility of imaging the past when there are gaps in documentation. Her videos and socially engaged artworks are based on interviews, workshops and other shared activities.

Noor recently participated in Berlin Biennale (2020), Sharjah Biennale13 (2017), Off-Biennial – Gaudipolis, Budapest (2017), Qalandia International, Jerusalem (2016), Intermolecular Spaces, Aalborg (2016), Suspended Accounts at the Mosaic Rooms in London (2016), Instant Videos Festival, France (2015), Salt and Water at Or Gallery, Canada (2014), and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2013), among other exhibitions.

In 2016 Abuarafeh received the Emerging Voices award in New York (finalist) and the Qattan Foundation’s Young Palestinian Artist award (second prize).

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