(b. 1987, village of Sha'ab, western Lower Galilee; lives and works in Haifa)
Samah Shihadi brings forth an important, intriguing voice: a fresh, feminine, Galilean, Arab voice, much needed in young Israeli art. Her meticulously realistic drawings pose a constant antithesis to the local ethos of modernist abstract and the nonchalance of the sated center. Shihadi does not have the privilege of engaging with painterly values per se. She has more pressing issues which demand aesthetic representation: the status of women in a patriarchal society; symbols of Israeliness, such as the sabra and the olive tree; remembrance and erasure of the national Palestinian trauma; landscape, land, and home.
Shihadi (b. 1987, village of Sha'ab, western Lower Galilee; lives and works in Haifa) holds a B.Ed. in Art and Education from Oranim Academic College of Education, Tivon, and an MFA from the Art Department, University of Haifa; recipient of the Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, 2018.