Biography

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 the 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, Al Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (2014); Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2014); Tokyo Wonder Site (2013) and Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2012, 2013, 2014).

Noor 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 for the Young Artist of the Year Award,
part of Al Qattan Foundation activities.

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).