Art Exhibit

Narrative of Belonging


state of mind

samar hussaini

solo art exhibit



Opening Reception with Live Artist Talk: Sunday November 14th, 2 pm - 4 pm

Exhibition on view through December 31th, 2021



Born in the United States to Palestinian parents, one a refugee and the other an immigrant, Samar Hussaini seeks to visualize the layered challenges and enriching distinction of being a Palestinian-American. Her work strives to create and challenge the viewer with thought-provoking ideas of dialogue and hope.


The use of abstraction references a layered history and vibrant culture confronted with oppression and injustice. The works aim to tell the positive narrative of Arabs while exploring Arab feminine identity in society. The conflicting tension through overlapping layers of acrylic paint, charcoal, ink, collage, gold leaf, traditional eastern elements, and language creates visual harmony drawing the viewer closer.


Hussaini shares her narrative of identity and heritage through the reinterpretation of Arab cultural symbols. She uses the tatreez, a Palestinian cross-stitch indicative of both women’s self-expression and regional identity, the symbolic patterned Keffiyeh, a traditional Arab head covering symbolic of people’s fight against oppression, and the writings of her father, Dr. Hatem Hussaini, political representative, activist, and scholar. All are meant to intertwine with multimedia layers that both anchor her personal narrative and reveal cultural and socio-political awareness of Palestinian peoples.


Hussaini received her BA in studio art and art history from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in communication design from Pratt Institute. Hussaini worked in advertising receiving the Silver Award from DTC, the Gold Award from DTC, and Creative Recognition from The One Show RX for her advertising designs. Her fine artwork has been exhibited in several group shows and along with her solo exhibit at Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, DC, she was chosen as a Maplewood Ideas Festival featured artist. She received a certificate of recognition from Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in 2018, an Innovative Fine Art Award from the CATHARINE LORILLARD WOLFE ART CLUB, and an honorable mention at the NJ Maplewood Art Walk, 2019. Samar Hussaini lives and works outside of New York in West Orange, New Jersey. 


Hussaini’s art is a record of her Arab identity and every viewer is part of her achievement.