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I am delighted to invite you to the opening of my exhibition in 9th of February 2012. The private view takes place on Wednesday 8th February 2012 from 6pm - 8:30pm at October Gallery, and from the 9th till end of March it will be open to the public.

October Gallery will present canvases and sculptures by Laila Shawa, an artist known for her uncompromising documentation of events in today’s Middle East. Laila Shawa was just eight years-old when on May 14th 1948, the State of Israel was declared to exist in her homeland of Palestine.

The contradictions of a logic spiralling beyond all rational control are a signature device in Shawa’s account of the current chaos in Palestine. This series of works is developed from a BBC documentary, ‘The Cult of the Suicide Bomber’ (2007) which aired CCTV footage of a young Palestinian woman caught crossing the border wearing a suicide belt. The titles of the sculptures, Disposable Bodies and bright mixed-media canvases, Trapped and Boom, attest to the inherent difficulties of art when tackling certain subjects head-on. The canvases juxtapose ironic references to Persian miniatures with a nod to Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam, whilst depicting the deadly Predator drones endlessly circling in the skies above Gaza.