The initial impetus for a piece often comes from her own photographs, which are later transformed by means of silkscreen printing techniques. The written word is often present in her work, as in the acclaimed Walls of Gaza series (1994), which focused on the heart-rending messages of hope and resistance spray-painted, in defiance of Israeli censorship, by the ordinary people of Gaza upon the walls of their city.


  • Title: Passages to Freedom "Walls of Gaza II"
  • Creator: Laila Al Shawa
  • Date Created: 1994
  • Location Created: Palestine
  • Physical Dimensions: 48 x 70 cm
  • Type: Lithograph
  • Medium: Lithograph on Paper
  • Art Form: Print
  • Support: Paper
  • Depicted Location: Palestine, Gaza Strip
  • Depicted Topic: Gaza, Palestine, Oppression, Conflict, West Bank, Lithograph, Print, Pintmaking, Paper, Photography
  • Artist nationality: Palestinian

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