Randa Maddah

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Randa Maddah
b. 1983, Majdal Shams, occupied Syrian Golan). After finishing courses in painting and sculpture at Adham Ismail Center, Damascus in 2003, she graduated from Damascus University, the faculty of fine arts, department of sculpture, 2005. In 2007, Randa also took etching courses at the Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Her work has been described by John Berger as ‘There is a power in this work (Puppet Theater) such as I have seen in no other. It has claimed the ground on which it is standing. It has made the killing field between the aghast spectators and the agonizing victims sacred. It has changed the floor of a parking lot into something landswept’. Randa is founding member of Fateh Al Mudarris Center for Arts and Culture, occupied Golan Heights, which is the only art space dedicated to contemporary art and art education in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights founded by young artists.
Randa has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, some of which are: Earth-Brown, Umm El-Fahem art gallery, Umm El Fahem 2010; On The Road, majdal shams streets, the Golan Heights (2010); On The Gates Of Heaven, Al Ma’mal Art Foundation, Jerusalem (2010); Open Studio Group exhibition, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2010, 2011, 2012); Space, The Ethnographic Art Museum, Birzeit University (2010); Pyrate Realations, M³ Kunsthalle Galerie Berlin (2012); Light Horizon, Mediterranea Biennial 16, Ancona, Italy (2013); Festival del film, Locarno, Switzerland (2013); This Place has no mirrors but only your thoughts in the water and they will spread all around with the waves, Galleriet, Umea, Sweden (2013); Mediterranea Biennial 16, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano, Italy (2014); The 2d International Encounters of Arab cinema, Marseille France (2014). In 2015 Randa exhibited her project “pencil on pepper” in Europia – new art gallery, Paris, France.

Workshops
2005 Colors from Damascus workshop, Mustafa Ali art gallery, Damascus.
2007 The first sculpture festival in the Golan, Majdal Shams.
2009 Part of the second sculpture festival in Golan, Masada.
2010 Open Studio Group workshop (try and retry), Al Sakakeni Cultural Center, Bierziet
2010 Part of the third sculpture festival in Golan, Ein Qenia.
2011 Open Studio Group workshop, Al Sakakeni Cultural Center, Bierziet
2012 Open Studio Group workshop (politics and arts), Al Sakakeni Cultural Center, Beirziet
2013 part of the workshop (UmeaGolan), Sweden
2015 Art residency “Cité internationale des Arts”, Paris

Awards
2004 Albasel Award of Excellence, First Place, University of Damascus.
2005 Albasel Award of Excellence graduate, Honor Prize, University of Damascus
2008 The young Artist of the Year Award, A.M. Qattan foundation, Ramallah
2014 Award the journalist specialized in cinema/ Aflam festival/ Marseille

Solo exhibitions
2006 Untitled – Fateh Almudarris Art Gallery / Majdal Shams
2015 Pencil on Pepper – Europia gallery / Paris-France

Group exhibitions
1999 Graduation exhibition, Bet Alfan, Majdal Shams.
2005 Colors From Damascus, Mustafa Ali art Gallery, Damascus.
2006 Untitled, Dar Almada art Gallery, Damascus.
2006 Alfananen Al Shabab , Alriwaq art Gallery, Damascus.
2007 From The Golan, Khalil Sakakeni Cultural Center, Ramallah
2007 From the Golan, Dar Al Salam, Bethlehem
2007 From The Golan, Bier Ziet Museum – Bier Ziet, West Bank
2008 Puppet Theatre, Al Mahattah Gallery, Ramallah
2009 Puppet Theatre, Ramallah cultural palace, Ramallah
2010 Earth-Brown, Umm El-Fahem art gallery, Umm El Fahem
2010 On The Road, Majdal Shams streets, the Golan
2010 On The Gates Of Heaven Exhibition (the Jerusalem Show), Al Ma’mal Art Foundation, Jerusalem
2010 Open Studio Group exhibition, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah
2010 Space, The Ethnographic Art Museum, Birzeit University
2011 Open Studio exhibition, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah
2012 Three senses from Homs , M³ Kunsthalle Galerie Berlin, Berlin
2013 (Light Horizon) Mediterranea Biennial 16, Ancona, Italy
2013 (Light Horizon) Festival del film, Locarno, Switzerland
2013 This Place has no mirrors but only your thoughts in the water and they will spread all around with the waves, Umea, Sweden
2014 Mediterranea 16 at Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano Italy
2014 The 2d International Encounters of Arab cinema, Marseille
2015 Palest’in & out festival, Paris, France
2016 Palest’in & out festival, Paris, France