Ruba Salameh is a visual artist who was born in Nazareth in 1985. She obtained both B.A (2006-10) and M.F.A in Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (2012-2014). Her work shifted from traditional Painting into Video works and Installations over the last few years.
Through her work she questions notions of land, geographies, displacement, nationalism and in-between temporalities, in attempt for contemplating various scenarios of the daily life which in many cases lead to state of dystopia, using cynicism and irony as tools for political suspension points.
Recently, she has been working as a lecturer in the History of Art painting and practical classic painting at the Arab College in Haifa in addition to conducting short term workshops at Bezalel Academy. Ruba is currently working on a research film about the Palestinian cultural scene that appeared in Haifa in the last two years, and its complex relation to self-organization / autonomy and how it is operating within the constantly changing environment.
She participated in several exhibitions including “Limitless” at The walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem, 2019 curated by Rana Anani; Contemporary Arabesque, Museum of Islamic Art, Jerusalem, 2018; SRINAGAR BIENNALE, Basel, 2018; and “Ghost Dance” Group Exhibition curated by Fadwa Naamna, Haifa, 2017.
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In her recent work, Ruba Salameh breaks up the expected form of a typical abstract work using ants, while in “Ant Work”, the ants move in the direction of the centre of the work and gather in a concerted act of protest that can be seen from afar as circular motifs or as a whirlwind movement.