هناء مال الله

Hanaa Malallah born in Iraq in 1958, , Hanaa moved to Baghdad with her family when she was five years old. With her talent towards the artistic expression developing when she was young, she was one of the few students selected for admission to the Baghdad University of Fine Arts & received a diploma in graphic art from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, in 1979. Malallah was unfortunate enough to find herself amid the turmoil of war that encompassed her years in college and the period after it, and it would turn out to shape her creative ways, forming her artistic practice around the reality of war.
Deciding to stay in Iraq with a number of her colleagues, Malallah’s life and her artistic output were greatly affected by the Iran-Iraq war (1980 – 1988) and The Gulf war (1990 – 1991). More than simply the subject of her works, the state of war physically influencing art: with the travel restrictions in place, economic hardships and social instability, art materials were sparse and hard to come by. In order to compensate, many artists from the region appropriated found items into their work; anything from torn cloth, burned paper and barbed wire to splintered wood and bullets found their way onto the canvas. Learning the horrors of war first hand and just how fast even the most solid of objects can be turned to nothing, Malallah, much like other artists of the “80s generation,” was reversing the process using her art, making something out of nothing.


2008 – Post Graduate Certificate In Islamic & Modern Art: SOAS University
(Art & Archaeology Dept); Certificate in Academic English (Reading & Writing); Delivering seminar (Ruins Technique in Contemporary Iraqi Art)

2005 – PHD / Doctorate degree in the Philosophy of Painting, Baghdad University
Thesis title: Logic Order in Ancient Mesopotamian Painting

2000 – MA in Painting: Baghdad University

1988 – BA in Painting: Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad

1979 – Diploma in Graphic Art: Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad


Solo Exhibitions

2018 – Without Name, But, Numbers, Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain

2017 – Drone Hits Ziggurat of UR, Al Rewaq Art Space, Bahrain

2016 – Biohazard, DOLPH projects, London

2014 – Works on Paper, The Park Gallery, London

2013 – The Park Gallery, London

2012 – Inception Gallery, Paris

2009 – Vivid Ruins, The Mosaic Rooms, Qattan Foundation, London

2006 – Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain

2005 – Anda Gallery, Amman

2002 – Anda Gallery, Amman

1999 – Drawing, Athar Gallery, Baghdad

1998 – Schedules and Signals, Athar Gallery, Baghdad

1996 – Icons of Environment, Hiwar Art Gallery, Baghdad

1995 – Abaad Gallery, Amman

1994 – Pursuing the Trace, Atelier Nadhar, Baghdad

1993 – Baghdad: Geography People Symbols, Centre for Arts, Baghdad

1991 – Museum Visits Documents, Centre for Arts, Baghdad


Art Fairs

2018 – Dubai Art Fair

2017 – Beirut Art Fair

2016 – Abu Dhabi Art Fair

2015 – Abu Dhabi Art Fair

2015 – Art15, London

2015 – Sluice, London

2014 – Art14, London

2013 – Abu Dhabi Art Fair

2013 – Scope Basel Art Fair

2012 – Abu Dhabi Art Fair

2010 – Dubai Art Fair


Group Exhibitions

2018 – Bagdad mon Amour, Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris

2017 – Thread of Light, P21 Gallery, London

2017 – The Role in Empowering Women, The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Jordan

2017 – Arabesque, Curated by Hanaa Malallah, The Royal University for Women, Bahrain

2017 – National Museum of Bahrain

2016 – Biohazard, Baghdad

2016 – Art in Motion, Beirut

2014 – Reflections of War, Flowers, London

2014 – A Tribute to Rafa Nasiri, Nabha Gallery, Amman

2013 – Meem Gallery, Dubai

2013 – Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

2013 – Ten Year After: Reflections on the Invasion of Iraq, Project and exhibition, Chelsea College of Arts & Design London University, London

2012 – Iraq: How, Where, for Whom? with Kennardphillips, Qattan Foundation, The Mosaic Rooms, London

2011 – Swiss Re (Gherkin), London

2011 – Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

2011 – Art in Iraq Today (Conclusion Show), Meem Gallery, Dubai

2011 – Art in Iraq Today, Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut

2010 – Art in Iraq Today, Meem Gallery, Dudai

2010 – Beyond The War, LTMH Gallery, New York

2009 – The Recessionists, Somerset, England

2009 – Modernism and Iraq, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York

2008 – Iraqi Artist in Exile, Station Museum, USA

2008 – Iraq’s Past Speaks to the Present, British Museum

2007 – Sophisticated Ways: Distruction of an Ancient City, Ayagallery, London

2007 – Green Zone Red Zone, Gemak Den Haag, Holland

2005 – Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, UAS, Texas College

2005 – Contemporary Iraqi Exhibition, Paris

2005 – Iraqi Exhibition, East and West Foundation, Holland

2004 – Celebrating the Creativity of the Collaboration Between Iraqi Art and Literature, Frankfurt

2004 – Homage to Shakir Hassan, Orfly Art Gallery, Amman

2003 – Miniatures of Iraqi Art, Dijlah Gallery, Baghdad

2003 – The Hundredth, Hiwar Gallery, Baghdad

2003 – Before. After. Now, Deluxe Gallery, Hoxton Square, London

2003 – Women Artists from the Islamic Wold, Spain, UNESCO Paris

2003 – Tawashujat: Between Poet and Artists, The Jordan National Gallery of FineArts, Amman

2003 – Expressions of Hope: Iraqi Art, Ayagallery, London

2002 – Contemporary Iraqi Art in China

2002 – Baghdad International Festival for Contemporary Art

2002 – Conference of Creative Arab Women, Tunisia

2000 – Strokes of Genius: Contemporary Iraqi Art, Brunei Gallery, London

2000 – Contemporary Iraqi Art, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris

2000 – Significance of Experimentation, Baghdad Gallery, Baghdad

2000 – Co-Exhibition, Ghassan Ghaeb and Kareem Risan, Ather Gallary, Baghdad


Museum Acquisitions

Centre for Arts, Baghdad

The Royal Jordanian Museum

The British Museum

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art

Barjeel Art Foundation




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