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Inass Yassin

Inass Yassin is one of the most distinguished female Palestinian artists. She was born in Asira El-Shamalieh close to Nablus in 1973, and earned her first degree in art from An Najah University. Since then, she has walked a long way in exploring her artistic identity and carefully carving her personality as an artist. For years she has worked with several esteemed art organisations and educational institutions such as the Virtual Gallery-Birzeit University, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Goethe-Institut, Southampton University, and others. She has worked as research assistant, art education consultant, and fine art tutor. While building up her experience, Inass explored art through various media, styles, and concepts and pursued her career in art seriously, persistently, and with high respect.

She started producing art in 2004 for group shows and as part of residencies. In 2009, she obtained a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Southampton - UK. She has exhibited her work in Palestine and abroad in New York, Leipzig, Oslo, London, Dubai, and Amman. She has participated in various workshops and residencies in Braziers Park-UK, Makan House-Jordan, and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto,Italy. She was awarded production grants from Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Hani Qaddoumi Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Palestinian Art Court - al Hoash.

Yassin’s approach to art is highly conceptual as she builds upon the various concepts that she explores in such a way as to allow the viewer to sense how her work gradually and smartly grows and matures. In her body of work, she deals with concepts of transformation on the private and public scale, in addition to spatial and social change and its manifestations.

In her work with space, she presented a video, Dreaming of the Sea, as part of the international art show Luminal Spaces. In the six-minute video, she explores travelling through space to reach the sea, which, at the end seems to be nothing but a distant dream.

In 2007 and 2008 she featured two new projects that explore transforming space in “The Sea is Black” and “Transformations,” which consisted of a series of paintings from mixed media. The projects were featured in solo exhibitions and explored personal perspectives of private and public spaces within converting realities that allow the places to become new ones and to be disconnected from their history. Amman as transforming city was the subject for the paintings, videos, and children’s workshop conducted during the residency programme held at Makan House in 2008.

Recently, Yassin featured the first edition of her latest art project “Projection” as part of the exhibition: “Ramallah, the Fairest of Them All.” “Projection” is an ongoing research and art project that examines modernity, the transformation of urban space, and the architecture of the city of Ramallah, and it raises questions on the changing space, politics, and social values. The work researches Cinema Al-Waleed and its multilayered social history. The second edition of the project will be featured at al Hoash Gallery as part of the Jerusalem Show that will open on 1 October. Another edition of the work, “PROJECTION EDITION 1.01 SCREENING FAILED,” will be opened at Your Space at Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 25 September.

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