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* Low Quality Love exhibition 2015

* Big Brother Is Watching You 2014
* Excuse me, series 2013-ongoing
* Flying Lesson & Waiting, series
   2009-ongoing

* Arab Spring is not yet complete 2011
* Paintings 2009
* Projections 2008
* Standby, series 2008
* Marbles' War, series 2007

* Barrage, series 2007
* Exit, series 2006
* Siege, series 2004-2006
 
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2017
 
Hani Zurob. Zef on Canvas
By Yasmina Reggad
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2016
 
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Hani Zurob Unlike Other Springs exhibition Poster
 
Exhibition “Unlike Other Springs” opens in Birzeit University Museum (BZU), Palestine
PNN/ Ramallah
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Wall Street International Magazin, Hani Zurob: Low Quality Love, London Exhibition
Wall Street International Magazin, Art And Culture
Hani Zurob. Low quality love
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هاني زعرب: اللوحة وتحولاتها النصية
د. نصر جوابرة
جريدة العربي الجديد، لندن
10 يناير 2016
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2015
 
Hani Zurob. Low quality love
By Dorothea Schöne, Nov-2015
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سرديات هاني زعرب: أزمنة "حب لجودة منخفضة"
محمد عمران
جريدة العربي الجديد، لندن
29 نوڤمبر 2015
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This Week In Palestine Journal, Ramallah, Palestine
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Along the Path: 150 Years of Palestinian Art, Cultural Buzz
By: George Al Ama and Nada Atrash, This Week In Palestine Journal Issue n°207, July 2015
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2014
Sanat Dünyamiz Turkish magazine
Hani Zurob Book from the world of art Sanat Dunyamiz Turkish magazinen no 139 p110-p115 March 2014
Hani Zurob Kitaplar dünyasindan sanata (Book from the world of art)
By Diana Abouali, Santa Dunyamiz Turkish magazine Issue no°139, p110-p115, March 2014
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This Week In Palestine Journal, Ramallah, Palestine
The Last Word, Cultual Buzz this week in Palestine issue192 April 2014
The Last Word, Cultural Buzz
By Sani P. Meo (Publisher), This Week In Palestine Journal Issue n°192, April 2014
2013
The Art Book Review
Between Exits Paintings by Hani Zurob, The Art Book Review, Review By Richard M. Sanchez
 
Between Exits: Paintings By Hani Zurob
By Richard M. Sanchez, October 21, 2013
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The Map Is Not The Territory, Islamic Art Magazine Aug 2013
 
The Map Is Not The Territory
By Islamic Arts Magazine, 23 Aug, 2013
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Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob
By Maymanah Farhat, July 03, 2013
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Hani Zurob: Art Without Borders, Gloobbi
Hani Zurob: Art Without Borders
By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn, June 27, 2013
 
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The Electronic Intifada
Hani Zurob: an abstract painter rooted in Palestine’s reality
By Sarah Irving, June 17, 2013
 
"A Palestinian painter from Gaza, Hani Zurob may have only been practicing as a fine artist since the late 1990s, but he already has an enviable list of solo shows — twelve, spread between Qatar, France, Palestine and Morocco — and joint exhibitions. The latter have included shows in venues as prestigious as L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the national museums of Bahrain and Syria, and the Henry Moore Institute in the UK. And in January, he was listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “10 international artists to watch in 2013.”

Zurob’s reputation and profile will be further enhanced by the publication of Between Exits, a monograph on his life and work. Despite his comparative youth (he is just 37), this collection of images, alongside a wide-ranging text by Kamal Boullata (probably best known for his monumental book Palestinian Art: From 1850 to the Present), shows just how versatile and energetic an artist Zurob is

Boullata’s text does not pull any punches in asserting Zurob’s place as an artist whose work deserves attention not because of his national origin or life story, but because of its artistic quality. The preface opens with this challenge: “In a homeland enduring over 40 years of military occupation, where art is saturated with nationalist clichés and tired iconographic images, how does a young and ambitious talent like Hani Zurob break away from the binds of the local mainstream to explore his own originality in painting?”
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The Daily Star, Lebanon
Biography and art criticism reconciled
By India Stoughton, April 12, 2013
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The Huffington Post
 
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10 International Artists To Watch In 2013
By Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post, Jan 2, 2013
 

The new year has officially begun, dear readers, which means it's time to discard your inhibitions and prepare yourself for what the next 12 months of emerging art has to offer.
Since we've already given you our guide to the 25 art exhibits we can't wait to see in 2013, we know you have at least a few creative events to watch out for this year. Now we think it only fair to give you a taste of international artists on the horizon as well. We narrowed the list down to 10 international sculptors, painters, sketchers and filmmakers who have piqued our interest in 2013.

WHO: Hani Zurob, a Palestinian exile working in Paris whose abstract and figurative works straddle the line between Paul Gauguin and Lucien Freud. Favorite concepts for the artist include identity, collective belonging and movement, and he often incorporates images of his son within his work.
WHY: Though he has only been working as an artist since the early 2000s, he is the subject of a recently released book titled "Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zarub." We are excited to see what the artist has in store for 2013.
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Hani Zurob's 'Between Exits' Shows Palestine From An Exile's Point Of View (PHOTOS)
By Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post, December 18, 2012
 
"A recently released book titled "Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob" traces the path of the artist's career, covering his creative period in Palestine through to his development as an exiled artist in Europe. Organized chronologically, the volume offers a glimpse into the work of a contemporary Palestinian artist whose understanding of identity and collective belonging has changed throughout his cross-continental journey."
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REORIENT is an online magazine celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts & culture
REORIENT is an online magazine celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts & culture
 
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Resilience and Light
Written by Michelle Davis, May 13, 2013
www.reorientmag.com
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Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Lebanon
Hani Zurob Al-Akhbar Newspaper Mustafa Mustafa reviews February 2013    Hani Zurob Al-Akhbar Newspaper Mustafa Mustafa reviews February 2013
Adania Shibli A Decade of Palestinian Artists in Paris
By Mustafa Mustafa
Al-Akhbar Newspaper (Lebanon), Feb 23, 2013
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مصطفى مصطفى
جريدة الآخبار اللبنانية
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2012
 
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Hani Zurob Monograph Between Exits: Paintings By Hani Zurob, Black Dog Publishing London UK 20122012
 
Between Exits
Paintings by Hani Zurob

Kamal Boullata
Introduction: Jean Fisher
ISBN-13: 978 1 907317 91 0
Publication date: November 2012, Black Dog Publishing London UK
 

Between Exits is the first monograph to trace the artistic trajectory of Palestinian artist Hani Zurob, from his initial paintings produced in Palestine, through to his most recent works, developed during the artist's exile in France.

Between Exits is organised chronologically to offer the reader a comprehensive insight into Zurob’s key paintings and series of the past two decades. Painter and writer Kamal Boullata takes the reader through Zurob’s art and carefully reveals how each body of work, created in changing periods of the artist’s life, reflects evolving approaches to the understanding of self as well as strategies of collective belonging which the artist’s work constantly probes. The conflicted Palestinian identity is mediated and questioned recurringly throughout Zurob’s works and Between Exits thus addresses the notion of movement and displacement that are central to the Palestinian everyday reality.

Hani Zurob’s practice provides an important voice in contemporary Palestinian culture, as well as a significant contribution to the creation of an Arab aesthetic. Ultimately though, while Zurob’s art gives powerful expression to the Palestinian collective experience, it can also be seen in the context of more universal themes of personal identity and embraces humanity beyond the Palestinian context.

Kamal Boullata is a Palestinian artist and art historian. Born in Jerusalem in 1942, Boullata studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C. Presently, Boullata, whose work has been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and the Middle East, lives and works in Southern France.

Jean Fisher currently teaches at the Royal College of Art, London and is Professor of Fine Art and Transcultural Studies at Middlesex University. She is the former editor of the international quarterly Third Text, and the editor of the anthologies Global Visions: Towards a New Internationalism in the Visual Arts, Reverberations: Tactics of Resistance, Forms of Agency and Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture.

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BOOK: Between Exits, Paintings By Hani Zurob
By Olivia Snaije, Harper's Bazaar Art Magazine ISSUE 4, Autumn 2012
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Hani Zurob Résidence d'exil, Balbymix N° 5, CULTURE Magnétique, Ville de Bobigny, Sept 2012 - Fév 2013
 
Hani Zurob Résidence d'exil
Balbymix N° 5, CULTURE Magnétique, Ville de Bobigny, Sept 2012 - Fév 2013
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Hani Zurob l'exil et la demeure Jeune Afrique Magazine 2012
 
Hani Zurob L'exil et la demeure
By Constance Desloire, Jeune Afrique magazine N° 2680, du 20 au 26 mai 2012
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Connaissance des Arts Magazine, France
 
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Connaissance des Arts Magazine H. S. N° 528 semaine du 4 au 10 avril 2012
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L'Express Magazine, France
 
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Les cris du corps
By Annick Colonna-Césari, L'exprees Magazine N° 3170 semaine du 4 au 10 avril 2012
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Le Corps découvert
Art arabe contemporain
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Le corps découvert invitation    Hani-Zurob-Le-Corps-decouvert-Institut-du-Monde-Arabe-2012

L’IMA présente, du 27 mars au 26 August 2012, une grande exposition d’art moderne et contemporain sur le thème de la représentation du corps et du nu dans les arts visuels arabes. La représentation du corps dans les arts visuels arabes constitue une matière jusqu’ici ignorée, une sorte de terra incognita pour le moins inexplorée. On aurait ainsi pu s’attendre à ce que ces représentations n’existent pratiquement pas dans la peinture arabe ; or, à travers le corps, c’est tout un pan méconnu d’une riche iconographie qui vient à se découvrir.
C’est à cette quête et à cette découverte tout à la fois, que sera convié le public d’une exposition pleine de surprises, Le Corps Découvert. Cette exposition a pour ambition de rassembler, sur deux étages, une large sélection d’oeuvres et de médiums permettant d’aborder cette question de manière synchronique et diachronique à la fois.
De la même manière qu’il s’est pris naguère d’un intérêt soudain pour les artistes chinois ou les artistes indiens, le monde de l’art s’est récemment tourné vers les créateurs arabes. L’Institut du monde arabe, organisateur depuis vingt-cinq ans qu’il existe, de plus d’une centaine d’expositions d’artistes arabes ne peut, bien sûr, que se féliciter d’un engouement auquel il ne se sent certes pas étranger.
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Exhibition of the Month: Contemplations
By Mirna Bamieh, This Week In Palestine Journal Issue n°166, February 2012
2011
مجلة الآخر- العدد 1 / Alakhar Magazine
Hani-Zurob-Alakhar-1-Summer-2011
عين الآخر وصورة الذات
حول لوحة من أعمال هاني زعرب
كمال بلاطة
مجلة الآخر
العدد الأول، صيف ٢٠١١
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Contemporary Practices Journal, VII, 2010. Dubai
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Reconsidering The Value Of Palestinian Art & It's Journey Into The Art Market, Part 1
By Steve Sabella, Review Contemporary Practices Journal, VII, 2010
Reconsidering The Value Of Palestinian Art & It's Journey Into The Art Market, Part 2
By Steve Sabella, Review Contemporary Practices Journal, VIII, 2011
"Hani Zurob, one of the most significant painters of the new generation of Palestinian artists to emerge in the last decade, expresses, ‘the best thing that happened to my art was the moment when I arrived in Paris because what I learnt in the last four years might have taken me a lifetime back in Palestine.’ "

"Artist Hani Zurob poetically describes the change he went threw when he moved from Ramallah to Paris: ‘In Ramallah, the fish thinks it swims in an ocean, just to discover later that the ocean was only a barrel. You know what a real ocean is when you live in one. In Paris, I was shocked and liberated at the same time.’ "
2010
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Contemporary Practices Journal, VI, 2010. Dubai
Contemporary Practices Hani Zurob: The Painting as Real Reviews 2010
Hani Zurob: The Painting as Real
By Adania Shibli, Review Contemporary Practices Journal, VI, 2010
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Liberation Champagne Newspaper, France
Liberation Champagne Newspaper n° 22378, 25 February 2010
Le lauréat, Hani Zurob, redécouvre la couleur
By Sylvie Virey, Liberation Champagne Newspaper n° 22378, February 25, 2010
"Il est le premier peintre arabe à recevoir ce prix. Il est aussi le premier à venire avec sa famille pour travailler dans la cité de Renoir et s'y plaît."
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International Gallerie Journal, Mumbai, India
 
From the Crucible of Struggle
By Kamal Boullata
International Gallerie Journal, Issue 25, Volume 12 no.2 - Des'09
2009
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Le Monde Newspaper, France
Hani Zurob Le Monde Newspaper reviews August 2009
La Force militante de l'art Palstinien
By Romain Blondeau, Le Monde, August 04, 2009
"Les artistes dévoilent une histoire inachevée, figurée par les tableaux d'Hani Zurob et ses hommes assis, peints au goudron mêlé de henné, qui semblent retarder la mort".
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Poster Exhibition
La Palestine à L'institut Du Monde Arabe: La politique du retrait
By Sarah Ilher-Meyer, Publié dans Zéro2, 2009
"Ainsi de Standby 60. Juxtaposées les unes à côté des autres, six toiles présentent la silhouette d’un homme assis, à genoux, recroquevillé ou tête baissée, sur fond de grands coups de pinceau et d’empâtements de matière brune, noire ou pourpre. Mieux qu’une simple représentation, qui réduit le réel au pensable en même temps qu’elle le désigne, la violence des traces de couleur, conjuguée à la prostration du personnage, donne à sentir l’impensable, à savoir le désespoir et la colère".
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Palestine, la création dans tous ses états
By Robert Kluijver, July 2009
" The young artist from Gaza Hani Zurob contributes a lot of the pent-up energy one feels among young Palestinians with his seven fairly large ‘Standby’ paintings. They vaguely portray male figures who seem to be stuck in their motions, ‘in standby’, waiting for someone to free them from the canvas, and filling it with their dark thoughts and frustrated gestures in the meanwhile. The seven paintings have different hues and the manner in which they have been hung side by side works very well." 
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Lots of Variation In Palestinian Art Exhibition
By Robert Kluijver, October 2009
"The kind of activist indignation that permeates the videos of the elder artist Suha Shoman is rarely to be found among the young artists. They may give expression to their rage, such as Hani Zurob in his impressive Standby paintings, but they are too wizened to claim the moral high ground".
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Jeune Afrique Magazine, France
Exposition: L'art de la Guerre
By Nicolas Michel, Jeune Afrique magazine N° 2528, du 21 au 27 juin 2009
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Artist of the month, Hani Zurob
This Week In Palestine Journal Issue n°137, September 2009
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Palestinian Art: From 1850 to the Present, Saqi Poblisger's, London 2009
By Kamal Boullata (Author), John Berger (Preface), Coverpage by Hani Zurob
Palestinian Art From 1850 to the Present cover by Hani Zurob
Coverpage by: Hani Zurob, Marbles War no 08, 2007
"Saqi Books" 2009, London
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Alrai Newspaper, Jordan
Alrai Newspaper Amman reviews 2009
Zurob wins Renoir Prize
By Noury AL-Jarah (article in Arabic)
Alrai Newspaper (Jordan) July 8, 2009
الفنان الفلسطيني زعرب يفوز بجائزة "رينوار " الفرنسية
رمزي الجراح
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2008
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Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Lebanon
Hani Zurob Al-Akhbar Newspaper Najwan Darwish reviews July 2008
Hani Zurob, Stanby
By Najwan Darwish (article in Arabic)
Al-Akhbar Newspaper (Lebanon). July 05, 2008
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2007
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Quest for a Palestinian Museum
by Michael Z. Wise
Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2007
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Meet Me Out of the Siege
Hani Zurob Meet Me Out of the Siege
Meet Me Out of the Siege recieves the Best Short Documentary Prize
Cannes Short Film Corner - Cannes, May 2007
Category: Documentary
Type: Shortfilm
Director: Jessica Habie
Running time: 13:10
Country of production: France, Palestine
Year of production: 2007
Production: Eyes Infinite FIlms
Distribution: Eyes Infinite FIlms
Synopses:
Experiences of the artist in exile. Hani Zurob, one of Palestine’s most prominent emerging visual artists, has been stuck in Paris for over a year. His forced immobility is but another chapter in a life so chronicled by restrictions and human rights violations. Originally traveling to France for a uniquely permitted three month stay, Hani has been unable to return to his wife and his homeland due to Israel’s sudden severance of all diplomatic ties with the Palestinian Authority after the democratic election of the Hamas Government. Hani is joined in Paris by another deeply respected Palestinian artist, Kamal Boullata, who shares his own story of exile that begun in 1967 when he was forced to leave his home of Jerusalem. Meet Me Out of the Siege unravels the stories of both men, and observes as these two resilient and patient artists, reunited unexpectedly after many years, reflect on the origins of creativity, the pressures of everyday life under occupation, and the geometric language of exile.
2006
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Der Unergrundmaler
The Underground Painter
Financial Times Deutschland Journal, Weekend , March 10, 2006
By Joliana Von Mittelstaedt
"Love, struggle, being confined; extracts of a Palestinian life. The 29-year-old Hani Zu’rob is the most prominent young Palestinian artist, a great number of his over 100 paintings have been sold all across the world. His works have traveled to Tokio, San Francisco, Houston, Paris, New York – Zurob had to stay behind."
" Thereby was it exactly this confinement that made an artist of him. What ought one do in a house that is enclosed by tanks, surrounded by patrolling soldiers, which is subjected to curfew for weeks, and in which one cannot even open a window, and especially no door. Where air and time stands like whipped cream [where air and time is frozen] and where freedom is limited to three rooms. Zu’rob began to paint when he was ten. He used to go to his parent’s bookshelves, take out a book and copy of pictures in it. “At twelve I knew I wanted to become an artist,” says Hani."
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Hani Zurob: Expressing the closure of thought
By Amira Hass, Haaretz Newspaper, Jan 9, 2006
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Hani Zurob: On the Path to the Abstract
By Mahmoud Abu Hashhash
Le Monde diplomatique Jurnal, February 2006
"his period has enabled Hani to work through a myriad of experiences in search of his own style. Hani’s paintings about the siege are the culmination of this transition period. The reds, yellows and blues are pure and vibrant and the lines are strong, so that the painting appears imbued with a dramatic energy. The presence of the contorted figure in the painting points to a psychological echo of the physical representations of the siege. The figure has clearly been permanently transformed, because of the severe and inhumane conditions it has had to endure."
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