Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara has used his work, often produced with a sawdust and glue relief technique, to decry the violent suppression of his homeland and promote international solidarity worldwide. Depicting everyday life, weddings, social groups and traditional celebrations, his work also serves as a valuable record of an endangered tradition and culture.
His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York (2014); Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, Sharjah Art Foundation (2014); Jean Genet – Act 2, Prisoners of Love, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2011); Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara Retrospective, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman (2011); Sentences on the Bank… and Other Activities, Darat al Funun, Amman (2010); Mahfouza’s Olive, Dar Al Anda, Amman (2006) and Resistance Art, Philadelphia University, Amman (2004).
Zarara was born in Hebron, Palestine in 1933. He currently lives and works in Amman.