Basel El Maqosui

© Basel El Maqosui

/A.R.I.A/ partnered with ArtSchool Palestine and UNESCO office Ramallah to host a visual artist working and living in Gaza.

Basel El Maqosui has been selected through a call for application for visual artists based in Gaza and will be in residency in Algiers with /A.R.I.A/ from 1st October to 31st October 2012.

Basel EL Maqosui on his residency:

“Travelling and researching is very important for my practice and my career, getting to meet artists from around the world and to have the chance to engage with different cultures and traditions is an enriching experience and can help me develop my artistic practice. During my residency in Algiers, I will visit art spaces and network with artists and cultural practitioners in Algiers”

 

Zineb Sedira (/A.R.I.A/) and Samar Martha (ArtSchool Palestine) on this residency exchange:

‘We are thrilled to start this new cooperation between ArtSchool Palestine and /A.R.I.A/ and to establish relations between Palestine and the Arab world, especially Algeria which has a long-standing history in supporting Palestinian people. The exchange will strengthen these ties and will offer both the Gaza-based artist Basel El Maqosui and his colleagues in Algiers the opportunity to engage with each other’s practices and to develop long term exchanges and networks that goes beyond the residency period.’

Basel El Maqosui is a painter, photographer and video artist who lives and works in Gaza. He trained at the Gaza City YMCA Gaza City and attended the summer Academy of Arts of Darat al Funun-Khalid Shoman Foundation (Jordan). Basel participated in a number of local and international solo and group exhibitions, and teaches art at the Jabalya Rehabilitation Center for deaf children. He is a founder and member of Windows from Gaza For Contemporary Art.

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