Khaled Hourani (b. Hebron, Palestine, 1965) is a prominent Palestinian artist, curator and writer. He was the Artistic Director of the International Academy of Art Palestine from 2007 – 2010, and its General Director from 2010 to 2013. He also worked as General Director of the Fine Arts Department in the Palestinian Ministry of Culture (2004 – 2006). A painter and a conceptual artist, in 2013, he was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Prize, Creative Time for Art and Social Change in New York City. In 2014, he organized his first retrospective at the CCA in Glasgow and Gallery One in Ramallah. Most recently, another retrospective showcased at Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan in 2017. Hourani was the initiator of the 2011 Picasso in Palestine project, and The Stone Distance to Jerusalem project. He has participated in several exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial, 2011; an exhibition at the Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, 2012; the 2nd CAFA Biennale Museum in Beijing, 2013; DOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; Catastrophe and the Power of Art at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017; and more recently in Picasso and Spanish exile at Museum of Modern Art, Toulouse, France, 2019. Hourani is also known as a notable art critic and curator, having overseen many exhibitions in Palestine (inc. at the Walled Off Hotel, 2018) and internationally. He lives and works in Ramallah.
Zawyeh is an independent visual arts gallery founded in Ramallah, Palestine, in 2012. The gallery’s mission is to promote emerging and established Palestinian artists – from Palestine and the Diaspora – through various thematic exhibitions at home and aboard. The gallery seeks to advance excellent contemporary and modern Palestinian art internationally through the participation in art fairs, exhibitions and bespoke art projects. The gallery specializes in supporting young artist to grow their art and portfolios. Since its establishment, the gallery has held a number of solo and collective exhibitions showcasing a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, installations, video and photography.
Zawyeh believes resilience in the face of adversity in Palestine engenders creativity and artistic excellence.