Jawad Ibrahim’s drawings of shaheed (martyrs) come from the same tradition as Francisco Goya’s Horrors of War. They are dense and phantasmagoric. In them, crumpled bodies swathed in funeral garments with elongated rifle barrel eyes shoot intense stares that seem to accuse the viewer of complicity. Ibrahim lives in Ramallah, West Bank where he has been imprisoned for months at a time without charges by the Israeli authorities. When asked why he had been arrested, he replied “I don’t know… ask them.”
Education. Born in 1953 Jenin, Palestine.
BA from Jordanian University.
Lives in Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine.
Jawad Ibrahim, “Between the Bullet and Stone”, 2000, ink on paper, each, 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″