Hamza Abu Ayyash is a Palestinian activist artist born in Lebanon. He lived his early life between Tunisia and Jordan and settled in Palestine in 1997, few year after the Oslo agreement, where he graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts in Nablus in 2004.
As a multimedia artist, Hamza is using a variety of art forms such as painting, sculpturing, video, photography, projections and graffiti in order to express his topics that orbit around the regional identities and mythical heritage of the areas he is working at. His artworks mostly include calligraphy in adjusted forms as expressive force.
The collaboration between Hamza and Public Art Lab started in September 2016 for Digital Calligraffiti project, where Hamza introduced to the Berliner scene the Arabic calligraffiti and how it could be applied via new media art form. Together with Michael Ang they developed the Infl3ctor and carried out a series of live performances.
Hamza says about the Digital Calligraffiti project: ‘’Digital Calligraffiti Camp introduced this art form to people who were less fortunate to practice art as a tool of expression. The Urban Media Art Campaign at U-Friedrichstraße is for myself a victory for art against capitalism, spreading the words out there for the public to interact with.
Live performances – Networked scenarios, proved that this art form can be as flexible as it can, you need internet connection, a laptop, and a projector, and everybody can participate sending and delivering art while projecting it to the masses. Writing beautifully is like music to eyes, so I think it’s not the matter of “what” as much as it’s a matter of “how often”.’’