Mohamad Mustafa + Nihayah Alhaj

Mohamad Mustafa (1994)

محمد مصطفى

Lives and works in Bethlehem and Ramallah

Mohamad Mustafa is an emerging Palestinian artist whose video and performance work focuses on human rights and identity politics. He graduated from Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (Palestine) in 2017 and has already participated in exhibitions both in Palestine and internationally including Imago Mundi in New York (United States) in 2016 and 2017 and What is Home in Colorado (United States) in 2014. He is also the recipient of the Karimeh Abboud Award of 2017.

Nihayah Alhaj (1992)

نهايه سعاده

Lives and works in Bethlehem

Born in Jordan to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother, Nihayah Alhaj is a recent graduate of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (Palestine) where she focused on photography. In 2016, she was awarded first prize in the Karimeh Abboud Photography Award. Since graduating she has been working as a gallery coordinator for Bab IdDeir Art Gallery based in Bethlehem (Palestine).

Role Exchange, 2016

Mohamad Mustafa and Nihayah Alhaj’s photographs explore the performativity of gender by challenging gendered stereotypes. In Role Exchange, the two artists exchange traditional wedding roles through dress, poses and postures to draw attention to the ways in which gender is often displayed and performed at wedding rituals. Here the female groom carries her new male bride.

Mohamad Mustafa, Nihayah Alhaj, Role Exchange, 2016
Mohamad Mustafa, Nihayah Alhaj, Role Exchange, 2016
Mohamad Mustafa, Nihayah Alhaj, Role Exchange, 2016
Mohamad Mustafa, Nihayah Alhaj, Role Exchange, 2016

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