Lamia Abukhadra is a Palestinian American artist based in Minneapolis. She is interested in the idea of art as a vessel of expression, communication, identity, and culture for and between the disenfranchised communities. Her art aims 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. She draws inspiration from various folk art styles, story telling, archives, oral history, and the idea of collective memory and trauma. Her work has been featured by Altered Esthetics, the University of Minnesota T.R. Anderson Gallery, and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
My existence is political; embracing my identity as a Palestinian American is radical. As Palestinian people and culture experience various economic, social, physical, and cultural violence and ethnic cleansing, I find it more urgent than ever to preserve Palestinian stories, craft, and literature through my work. Through the visualization of familial stories and historical events, I draw inspiration from various folk art styles, archives, oral history, and engage with collective memory and trauma. My interdisciplinary practice, which ranges from large scale public installations to intimate pamphlet books, aims to dismantle harmful dominant narratives that cultivate and celebrate acts of colonialism, occupation, and genocide in the Palestine and the Arab world. Recent projects engage with archival research, my family’s oral history, and investigate acts of genocide against Palestinian people.