Lamia Abukhadra was born in Minneapolis to Palestinian American parents in 1996. She is interested in the idea of art as a vessel of expression, communication, identity, and culture for and between the disenfranchised communities. She has worked on numerous community murals and mosaics with local mural company GoodSpace Murals and hopes to use her degree in Fine Arts to further pursue community arts and social justice. She draws inspiration from various folk art styles ranging from voodoo art flags to tapestry weaving and embroidery, traditional textiles from her homeland as well as many other cultures, and collective memory.
As a Palestinian American, I constantly deal with issues of identity, loss of and longing for a homeland, and how to symbolize and contextualize such themes. As my culture experiences various forms of violence and ethnic cleansing, I aim to dismantle harmful dominant narratives that cultivate and celebrate acts of colonialism, occupation, and genocide in Palestine and the Arab world through personal stories and historical events. My work also explores the relationship between art and craft and their respective roles in preserving culture, community, and history, and in fighting political and socioeconomic deprivation. I draw inspiration from various folk art styles ranging from voodoo art flags to tapestry weaving and embroidery, traditional textiles from my homeland, and collective memory.