b. 1957, Egypt; lives in San Diego, CA
John Halaka is a visual artist working in the fields of drawing, painting, photography, film and oral history, whose art practice adheres to the philosophy of“the artist as public servant.” His artwork is designed to provide an arena for meditation on survival and resistance as conditions that shape the life experiences of displaced populations.
John Halaka’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including a solo show of his drawings at the Arab American National Museum. He is the recent recipient of a Palestinian American Research Center Fellowship that supported the first phase of his work in the West Bank on a project titled Vanishing Harvest: Meditations on the End of Palestinian Agriculture. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to work on community-based project with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Halaka is a Professor of Visual Arts at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1991.
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