Portrait-Exhibition of silk-screen prints on paper

This exhibition, entitled Portrait, reassesses traditional portraiture by expanding it to depict body language. There is much to read in a person's body language, following the lines of individual gestures, posture and occupation of space, while deliberately avoiding the face. These pictures are an attempt at investigating the negative and positive spaces created by the figure within its surrounding as well as its relation to others; an intimate reading of how a person appears/is in a moment in time. These drawings capture 'stolen moments' when the subjects were mostly oblivious to the documentation process. The works have been enlarged as silk-screen prints on paper in a process that mimics their initial creation - small gestural drawings in a sketch book.



Samah Hijawi is a visual artist living and working in Amman, Jordan. She has participated in individual and group exhibitions in locally and internationally, her works are part of collections in Jordan, Kuwait, Dubai and Greece. Her work approaches socio-political notions expressed in mediums of painting, installation and video. Samah obtained a BA in Fine Arts from the Lebanese American University and an MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College, London in 2004. Until recently and for three years, she was a lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Arts and Design at Jordan University.