Mona Gazala

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I am a Palestinian American, and my work is rooted in the understanding that all struggles against oppression and systemic injustice are inherently related. I am an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores power dynamics and their relationships to marginalized peoples. My subjects range from the erasure of indigenous Palestinians to the displacement of low-income people and people of color in urban centers. Whether focused on issues locally or globally, I use visual art and actions to amplify subversive narratives in situations of power imbalance, countering the effects of historical, cultural, and social erasure.


My practice is fluid in its form: I am willing to experiment with a wide variety of media and methods - text, sculpture, prints, social actions, video and installation - to create conceptual work focusing on spatial justice; that is, social justice issues intrinsically tied to place.

In 2012, I launched the Second Sight Project in inner-city Columbus, Ohio. Second Sight is a long-running social practice work embedded in the near-west neighborhood of Franklinton, for the purposes of being a laboratory for art and engagement, as well as a center for creative neighborhood advocacy. Franklinton is mainly populated by low-income residents in a rapidly gentrifying part of the city. The work I do under the umbrella of Second Sight is both equity- and identity-building. Equity-building in the form of providing art education in neighborhood schools that lack the arts resources of schools wealthier communities. And identity-building by facilitating participatory public art projects that directly involve residents in creating an image of Franklinton that is community-driven.