An exhibition curated by Joha’s fellow Palestinian Hazem Harb that draws together a selection of works by Mohammed Joha on themes of displacement, cultural malaise, dystopia, and identity. Joha’s surrealist paintings might seem vibrant and playful, but they relay deep rooted messages of despair and destruction linked to current media portrayal and the hardships of war.
Harb has also transformed the gallery with an immersive installation designed to create the sense of claustrophobia and chaos experienced by the refugees who were stripped of their homes, belongings, and social identities. “Gaza has become a space that has no routine at all,” said Joha. “When it’s war, it’s difficult to call it war, and living repeatedly through such radical transformation makes it almost impossible to cope, every time again, with a profoundly altered geography. The course of the streets, the shape of the houses, everything is different now.Here was a street surrounding a public park, and there was a hotel next to a tower, and an apartment building hosting a grocery store on its ground floor. Everything has changed!”