Marwa Alnajjar is a painter from Amman Jordan. She went to school in Nablus, 50 miles north of Jerusalem in 2000 while the second intifada was doing on. The experience of war deeply affected her and her art. She paints women and children who have been caught up in war. For her women and children are often forgotten casualties of war. In the middle east the options for women who lose their husbands or families are limited because women still do not work outside their households in large numbers. It is changing, but the culture of the middle east still does not give women easy opportunities for finding work if they are on their own. In an interview on being a female artist Marwa says,
“I myself have faced a lot of obstacles being a woman artist, yet I knew that women can do everything men could do. The more that men have told me, “you can’t do that,” the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all women who looked up to me to be brave and courageous. We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage.”
To see more of Marwa Alnajjar’s work go here.