Rula Halawani (b. 1964) was born and raised in Jerusalem. She has a BA in Photography from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1989) and a MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, London (2001). She established the photography programme at the University of Birzeit, Palestine. Having grown up in occupied East Jerusalem, Halawani’s work demonstrates a strong relationship between art and politics. She has had solo exhibitions in London (2010), at the Suha Shoman Foundation, Darat Al-Funun in Amman, Jordan (2006), in Palestine (2003 and 2004) and at the City Museum in Rome (2002). She has also taken part in group exhibitions, notably at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2009), the 6th and 7th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2003 and 2005) and the Busan Biennial in South Korea (2004).