Born 1959, Jabalya Camp, Gaza, Palestine
Tayseer Barakat studied fine art at Helwan University, Alexandria. He has held solo exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Amman, Sao Paulo and Austria. His group exhibitions include the Palestinian group show held at the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm (1993), Palestinian Spring, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (1997), Made in Palestine, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas (2003), and Three Stories, Umm Al-Fahem Gallery, Umm Al-Fahem (2008). He recently received the Alexandria Biennial Prize in 2010.
Barakat describes his work as ‘a mosaic of images,’ which explores the recent uprisings, Palestine’s history and his personal struggle with living under the occupation. He states: ‘The chanting of the uprisings across Arab streets has recovered my shattered soul from the alleys of exile and my deep desire to return home.’