Raafat Hattab

Raafat Hattab makes performative and video works using language and music, to explore issues of identity and belonging. His practice layers iconographies of East and West and through double meaning, collapses the two spheres. Interested in “the diversity in the middle”, Hattab dissolves binaries starting with that of male/female, inviting viewers to tread on the line between perceived genders. He weaves emblems of folklore and tradition into an imagined community, deviating from clear-cut geographical borders. Hattab was born to a Muslim Family in Jaffa in 1981. He studied at Hamidrasha School of Art at Beit Berl College and was a member of alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society from 2006 to 2012. Recently, Hattab had a solo exhibition at the Alfred Institute in Tel Aviv and was part of a group exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.