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Dr. Alexandra Sophia Handal

Image Credit: Photo by Boris Gerrets

Commissioned Researcher

PalRead: Latin America and Caribbean


Alexandra Sophia Handal is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. Her personal history is shaped by intergenerational and transcontinental displacements across disparate geographies. Born in 1975 into a Bethlehemite Palestinian family in Port-au-Prince, she spent her youth in Haiti, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Since 2004, Handal works between Bethlehem, Palestine and Europe, spending the first ten years in London, moving momentarily to Amsterdam, before setting-up her atelier in Berlin. She has created a multifaceted body of work on collective loss, exploring the interplay between visual, oral and written forms. Handal’s first solo museum exhibition, Memory Flows Like the Tide at Dusk was at the Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark (2016). Her print series, No Parking without Permission, Jerusalem won the 2018 Karimeh Abboud Photography Award, Palestine and her trailblazing interactive web documentary art, Dream Homes Property Consultants (DHPC) won the 2014 Lumen People’s Choice Gold Award, UK. Her writing has appeared in journals, such as the Jerusalem Quarterly and as part of edited books, namely, Oral History in the Visual Arts by Matthew Partington and Linda Sandino (Bloomsbury). Handal holds a practice/theory PhD from the University of the Arts London (2011) supported by a UAL Research Studentship Award, UK (2004) and affiliated to the research centre TrAIN (Transnational Art, Identity and Nation). 

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