About | Bio + CV

    Bio
Illustrator and visual artist who lives and works in Haifa, Palestine.

Haitham earned a bachelor in Fashion Design from Shenkar College of engineering and design in 2011. He has since participated in several collective and solo exhibitions including Qalandiya International Biennale, the YAYA competition organised by A.M. Qattan foundation and 2OG gallery. His work is influenced by costume history, queer culture, religious iconography and his immediate surroundings. Haitham began working in graphic design in 2012 through collaborating with local crews and culture producers. Currently his works fluctuate on the spectrum of visual arts - combining video art, illustration and animation creating images that tackle and discuss our identity/mentality in the new world and how it is shape-shifting under the circumstances of time/location/sphere.




  
Selected Group and solo exhibitions

2018 - 2019
Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design,Group Exhibition.

The Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.


2018
We Shall Be Monsters, The Young Artist of the Year Award Group exhibition.

A.M. Qattan Foundation gallery. Ramallah, Palestine.
Curated by: Emily Jacir


2018
Error 404, Press home, Solo Exhibition
Forum Schlossplatz gallery. Aarau, Switzerland.


2017
Welcome to hisShit world, Solo show

Exhibited in:
  • 2OG Gallery, Berlin. As part of a solo shows collection 
  made by the Sharbek collective
  • Gallery Bordel. Haifa, Palestine. (2017)
  • Gallery Manjm. Haifa, Palestine. (2018)


2016
Amira Ctrl+s, Solo Exhibition

Khashabi Theatre. Haifa, Palestine.


2014
Manam, Group Exhibition, part of the Qalandiya International Biennale.

The New Arab Cultural Association center, Haifa.
Curated by: Rula Khoury.


2014
Triptych part.01, Solo show.
Fattoush Gallery. Haifa, Palestine.


 

        Teaching Experience



2019 - Present

Fashion Illustration course at The Accademia Di Moda, Nazareth.

2015 - Present

Creative thinking and design basics, as part of the preparatory programs.

Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem.

Related Community work :Participating in Academic Bazars in high schools

encouraging the enrolling in design and art schools.









        Work Experience


Present    

Owner of MNJNK studio.

2015 - 2018

Owner and partner of Rock Paper
                Scissors, A graphic design studio and print shop.

2012 - 2018

Costume designer,
Graphic designer
            and freelance illustrator.

2011 - 2013

Assistant costume designer
w/t Hamada Attallah.





            Selected Design Works



    alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity
    in Palestinian Society.

    2012 - present

    Graphic Design and Illustrations


Starting my journey with alQaws organisation in 2012 as a volunteer, activist and participant in their different programs, was the beginning of a long lasting friendship and an opportunity for holding the responsibility of designing and creating the visual identity of many projects:
  • Mainly their queer party that brings more than 400 queer individuals every 6 weeks since 2004 in Palestine, in order to create an ungoverned safe Palestinian space for sexual and gender expression.
  • Illustrations for Tarwiha, an educational comic strip sharing the lives of four teenagers and their daily struggles with sexuality, gender and fitting in traditional cis-heteronormative constructs.
  • Hawamesh, an outreaching public seminars program that tries to combine social and queer specific issues to a larger civic audience.
  • Resident designer for the organisation (2018 - Present)


    Banzine
    2016 - Present

    Co Founder, Co Publisher and     Editor of Banzine magazine.


Banzine is a free, nonprofit magazine established to evoke and challenge the reader. The publication consists of minimally supervised harsh and provocative images, collages, texts and photography. All submitted from across the country anonymously to the magazine’s email. Its available online and every issue is printed as well to broaden the reach and the shock value.
The establishment of Banzine aims to serve a platform for aspiring artists and non-artists to discuss and criticize social norms and taboos without filtration (except for discriminatory content and hate speech).


    Collaborations with Organisations,
    Local Initiatives and crews

    2012 - present

  • The Arab Culture Association (2018 - Present)
    Earth day memorial mural commission.
    On earth day, 2019, I collaborated with The ACA in order to create  a mural dedicated to Mahmoud Darwish’s famous text in the Palestinian publication “ “Shu'un Filastiniyah - شؤون فلسطينية “, Published in 1976.

  Resident graphic designer.


  • MahraJazz (2017)
    In 2017  I co-founded MahraJazz and was the co-director of the visual identity for the first edition, logo and online programs design.

MahraJazz is a Palestinian Independent Alternative Jazz Festival (nonprofit and volunteer-based) running for its third year this October. The festival aims to bring to Haifa some of the best up-and-coming contemporary jazz musicians in order to connect Palestine with the Jazz world.


  • Karakoz (2014-2015) by Jazar Crew
    Designing covers/posters for the monthly electronic underground event.

Collaborating with Jazar Crew to create the visuals for the Karakoz line, combining memories, illustrations, and technical drawings of machines to challenge the local scene and aesthetics of poster design.


  • Bltnm Records (2018 - 2019)
    Albumart and covers for tracks
    Designing covers for Shab Mouri and Shab Jdid
    Bltnm crew, Ramallah, Palestine.



                         Costume Design


Costume Designer

  • Cabaret (2018), by Bashar Murkus, Palestine.

A Khashabi Theatre production mocking and criticizing our community and social taboos one by one through exaggerated scenes, characters and song lyrics.
Along with Majdala Khoury we created the costumes for over 40 personas played by 4 actors.
Combining second hand materials and costume made outfits that fit the fast pace of the play and the crazy abilities of the cast as well.
  • Strawberry (2018), by Aida Kaadan. Short movie, Palestine.
  • The Day My father Dies (2016), by Nayef Hammoud. Short movie, Palestine.
  • 1945 (2015), by Bashar Murkus, Al midan Theatre Production, Palestine.
    With Majdala Khoury.


Assistant Costume designer with Hamada attallah

  • Inheritance (2012), by Hiam abbas, Palestine.
  • The Attack (2012), directed by Ziad Doueiri, Palestine.
  • Omar(2013), by Hany Abu-Asad, Palestine.
  • Villa Touma (2014), by Suha Arraf, Palestine.





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