Noor Abuarafeh’s works explore imagination and history, focusing on how history is documented, read and perceived as well as the possibility of using imagination and history to predict the future. Heavily dependent on personal and public archives, the works of Abuarafeh appear in different mediums, including painting, photography, video, installations and tour performances. Most of the works in her practice are text-based works, which she describes as alternative forms of books.
Abuarafeh’s work has been exhibited at Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah and Ramallah (2017); Palestine In & Out Festival, Paris (2016); Kunsthal NORD, Aalborg, Denmark (2016); Maxxx, Sierre, Switzerland (2016); The Mosaic Rooms, London (2016); Milan Expo (2015); Cairo Video Festival (2014); YAYA Exhibition, A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (2014); Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2014); Tokyo Wonder Site (2013) and Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2012, 2013, 2014).
She participated in residencies at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris (2013), Tokyo Wonder Site (2012) and Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2011). In 2014, she received second prize in the Young Artist of the Year Award from the A. M. Qattan Foundation.
Abuarafeh received a BFA from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem (2011) and an MFA from the Arts in Public Spheres Department, Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais, Sierre, Switzerland (2016).
Born in Jerusalem in 1986, she currently lives and works between Cairo and Jerusalem.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.