Mona Gazala

multi-disciplinary artist

Disarticulated

SPACES. Cleveland, OH

June, 2019

History, identity, and culture are explored in the context of disconnection, diaspora and apartheid.

 

    

Given the Circumstances

Project 1612. Peoria, IL

March 2, 2018

Solo exhibition. Discarded architectural remnants of an inner-city neighborhood in decline are the artifacts that assign value to memory, place, and spacial justice. 

 

 

Home Town

Second Sight Project, Columbus, OH              

January 20, 2018

A visual documentation of vacancy issues in 7 Columbus communities. Exhibition accompanied by discussions on vacancy and the environmental effects of vulnerable neighborhoods.

This exhibition has been generously funded by the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. 

                            

                 

This is Now: Video Series

Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH            

September 14, 2017

Organized by Roy G Biv Gallery

Screening of videos addressing identity and surrounding concepts, including Gazala's "24 Days in Franklinton."   Juried by Jared Thorne. 

 

 

What Remains

Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Portland, IN                June 2 - July 7, 2017

Second Sight Project, Columbus, OH                     July 15 - August 1, 2017 

Solo exhibition that examines the aesthetics and politics of abandonment and gentrification through the remnants of Franklinton's Bellows School. The struggle between  preservation and progress - what is to be discarded and who decides? - is an analogy for how we perceive the people in marginalized neighborhoods.

Exhibition made possible in part through the generous funding of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

                   

        

Bunker Projects Residency

Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA

March 6 - April 3, 2017

In a continuing study of shifting narratives from power dynamics and conflicts in different "homelands," the artist explores colonialism and dominance, and the immutable relationship of all forms of oppression.

 

Artist statement:

My name is Mona Gazala. I am an American-born artist of Palestinian descent. My work is informed by a heritage rooted in places with great archaeological significance. My parents, while growing up in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, used to live right alongside major archaeological digs, and played on the ruins of thousand-year-old palaces and citadels. My artistic practice connects the urban decay and reconstruction in Cleveland and other rust belt cities, with the endeavors of an archaeologist to rediscover and preserve lost beauty and lost worlds. It elevates that which we consider blight, discarded and undesirable to beautiful, significant and valuable.

While my work pays homage to iconic archaeological imagery and museum environments, it is driven also by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, and gender inequality are among some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of urban ruins. 

My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, social practice art and social sculpture; I currently run an artist residency in a once-vacant house in inner-city Columbus Ohio, and am looking forward to receiving funding to expand this program so that it can benefit both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and the neighborhood where 27% of the houses are vacant or abandoned and in need regrowth that is sensitive to the long-time residents.
My name is Mona Gazala. I am an American-born artist of Palestinian descent. My work is informed by a heritage rooted in places with great archaeological significance. My parents, while growing up in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, used to live right alongside major archaeological digs, and played on the ruins of thousand-year-old palaces and citadels. My artistic practice connects the urban decay and reconstruction in Cleveland and other rust belt cities, with the endeavors of an archaeologist to rediscover and preserve lost beauty and lost worlds. It elevates that which we consider blight, discarded and undesirable to beautiful, significant and valuable.

While my work pays homage to iconic archaeological imagery and museum environments, it is driven also by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, and gender inequality are among some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of urban ruins. 

My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, social practice art and social sculpture; I currently run an artist residency in a once-vacant house in inner-city Columbus Ohio, and am looking forward to receiving funding to expand this program so that it can benefit both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and the neighborhood where 27% of the houses are vacant or abandoned and in need regrowth that is sensitive to the long-time residents.
My name is Mona Gazala. I am an American-born artist of Palestinian descent. My work is informed by a heritage rooted in places with great archaeological significance. My parents, while growing up in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, used to live right alongside major archaeological digs, and played on the ruins of thousand-year-old palaces and citadels. My artistic practice connects the urban decay and reconstruction in Cleveland and other rust belt cities, with the endeavors of an archaeologist to rediscover and preserve lost beauty and lost worlds. It elevates that which we consider blight, discarded and undesirable to beautiful, significant and valuable.

While my work pays homage to iconic archaeological imagery and museum environments, it is driven also by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, and gender inequality are among some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of urban ruins. 

My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, social practice art and social sculpture; I currently run an artist residency in a once-vacant house in inner-city Columbus Ohio, and am looking forward to receiving funding to expand this program so that it can benefit both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and the neighborhood where 27% of the houses are vacant or abandoned and in need regrowth that is sensitive to the long-time residents.
My name is Mona Gazala. I am an American-born artist of Palestinian descent. My work is informed by a heritage rooted in places with great archaeological significance. My parents, while growing up in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, used to live right alongside major archaeological digs, and played on the ruins of thousand-year-old palaces and citadels. My artistic practice connects the urban decay and reconstruction in Cleveland and other rust belt cities, with the endeavors of an archaeologist to rediscover and preserve lost beauty and lost worlds. It elevates that which we consider blight, discarded and undesirable to beautiful, significant and valuable.

While my work pays homage to iconic archaeological imagery and museum environments, it is driven also by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, and gender inequality are among some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of urban ruins. 

My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, social practice art and social sculpture; I currently run an artist residency in a once-vacant house in inner-city Columbus Ohio, and am looking forward to receiving funding to expand this program so that it can benefit both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and the neighborhood where 27% of the houses are vacant or abandoned and in need regrowth that is sensitive to the long-time residents

I am an American-born artist of Palestinian descent. My artwork is informed by a heritage rooted in places of great archaeological significance, and by a lifetime spent growing up in the post-industrial Midwest.  

The artwork I construct makes lyrical connections between the decay and renewal of our post-industrial rust-belt cities and the endeavors of the archaeologist to rediscover and preserve lost beauty and lost worlds. In the process, it often elevates that which we consider blight, discarded and undesirable to something of greater significance.

While paying homage to iconic historical imagery and the vernacular of museum displays, my art is also driven by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, racial and gender inequality are some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of the ruinous urban landscape.

My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, socially-engaged art and social sculpture. My most ambitious work to date is the Second Sight Project, an artist residency program run in once-vacant and disused houses in inner-city Columbus Ohio. Activating this space in a neighborhood where 25% of the houses are vacant or abandoned, this is an experiment that seeks to advocate for both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and for the neighborhood which is in need of a regrowth that is in harmony with the needs of its long-time residents.

 


While my work pays homage to iconic archaeological imagery and museum environments, it is driven also by a need to address modern-day social issues. Poverty, displacement, and gender inequality are among some of the divisive forces that bely the elemental beauty of urban ruins. 

My artistic practice is one of mainly installation art, social practice art and social sculpture; I currently run an artist residency in a once-vacant house in inner-city Columbus Ohio, and am looking forward to receiving funding to expand this program so that it can benefit both the artists seeking an affordable place to live and work, and the neighborhood where 27% of the houses are vacant or abandoned and in need regrowth that is sensitive to the long-time residents

 Contact artist at: mona.gazala@gmail.com