Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Nabila Hilmi, A Retrospective

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Nabila Hilmi, A Retrospective

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The Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC exhibited a retrospective of watercolors, pastels, ink, collages and mixed medium by Jerusalem-born Nabila Hilmi (1940-2011) from Jan. 17 to March 7. Like many in the Palestinian Diaspora, much of Hilmi's life was spent moving and educating herself. She grew up in Egypt, and lived in Jordan and Lebanon before moving to the United States. After earning two law degrees in Lebanon, Hilmi studied art at Beirut University College (BUC), now known as Lebanese American University. She then studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA.

Before her death, Hilmi reflected on her life and work, writing: "Through the years, I have come to realize that my work reflects the many places I had lived and what these places mean to me. I paint my world, a world tamed by me to embrace my visual memories, past experiences and aspirations. I paint people's motion in time and space, their constant emotional migration and their search for close, secure relationships within loose boundaries and their own free space. …

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