Aisha Mershani Artist Talk

Wednesday, January 17
7:00pm – 9:00pm

A free event hosted by La La Lil Jidar
Registration requested — click here to let us know you’re coming

Please join us for an artist talk with Aisha Mershani in conjunction with their exhibition La La Lil Jidar: 20 Years Behind the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, on view at Studio 34 through January 29.

Aisha Mershani’s (they/them) photography focuses on the Israel Apartheid Wall, visually exposing the realities on the ground in Palestine, reframing the source of violence. For nearly 20 years Mershani has photographed military checkpoints, popular demonstrations, house demolitions, destroyed villages, and the daily lives of Palestinians living under the violence of the Israeli Apartheid. Most recently, in 2022, Mershani returned to the Occupied West Bank, finding countless people that were photographed in 2004/2005 to photograph them again, showing time behind the Wall.

Mershani’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries, multiple publications, as well as many internet news sites over the years to further the awareness of the ongoing situation on the ground in Palestine. They are also one of the artists in the reference book, “Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists.”

Aisha Mershani was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to an American Jewish mother and a Moroccan Muslim father. Mershani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Redlands in California, and a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree from the UNESCO program in Peace, Development Studies, and Conflict Transformation at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Their work comes from a place of concern about the injustices occurring in the Middle East, and a commitment to artistically expose these injustices and educate those outside of the region. For Mershani it is vital to view Palestine/Israel beyond US mainstream news framing. The expression of everyday life is the primary objective of their documentary photographic work.