Samara’s current body of work – Intimate Space – explores societal norms, sexuality, gender roles, and other factors associated with modern Palestinian life. Her work focuses on the less obvious factors that underpin the daily lives of women who reside in overcrowded refugee camps and rural communities – women whose lives continue to be blighted both by conservative traditions and the exigencies of life under occupation.
Focusing on marital intimacy, Samara demystifies many social taboos and translates these onto large, bold and colorful canvasses that are both remarkable social statements and beautiful artistic constructs. Frank conversations with women form the backbone of her work that transcends the private space into the realm of the public. Often depicting the aftermath of sexual encounters, Samara’s paintings are remarkable visual metaphors of the lives of Palestinian women existing in restricted environments, cramped and constrained by internal traditions and by external forces.
Samara has participated in exhibitions in Ramallah, Jerusalem, Beirut, Dubai and Paris.
Art Fairs and Exhibitions featuring Rana Samara
October 17 – October 20, 2019
Booth#33, 118 Rue de Rivoli, Paris
September 12 – September 15, 2019
Booth B203, Lutfi Kirdar, Istanbul
March 20 – March 23, 2019
Booth C12, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
September 21 – September 24, 2017
Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, Beirut
March 15 – March 18, 2017
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
August 13 – September 10, 2016