Get to know Palestinian Maliha Afnan, who is celebrated by Google.. Was she the Baha’i religion? | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


Activists interacted on social media with the famous search engine “Google” celebrating the Palestinian plastic artist Maliha Afnan.

The celebration of the Palestinian artist by Google was not due to the anniversary of her birth, but to the presentation of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Milan a piece dating back to 1979 entitled “Wartorn” in a virtual group exhibition entitled “The Consistency of Fragility”, which ended on this day in 2020.

Maliha Afnan

Maliha Afnan is widely regarded as one of the most important Middle Eastern artists of the 20th century.

Today, Monday, a creative drawing of the face of Palestinian artist Maliha appeared on the main Google search engine in several Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, Oman and others.

Google stated that Maliha Afnan is known for what it described as “written paintings” whose mixed media explores themes.

Such as exile and displacement while recognizing the conflicts in the Middle East and the impact of its cultural heritage.

She was born in Haifa and lived in Kuwait and Lebanon

Maliha Afnan was born in Haifa, Palestine, on March 24, 1935, before her family sought refuge after the war in Beirut in 1949.

Afnan was fascinated by written language as a child and fills the pages with imaginary text and numbers, developing for her a striking style of abstract calligraphy.

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She lived in Kuwait from 1963 until 1966, then moved to Beirut from 1966 to 1974 and in Paris from 1974 to 1997, when she moved to London.

Was Maliha Afnan Baha’i religion?

Maliha Afnan was born in Haifa to Iranian parents who belong to the Baha’i faith.

Although her ancestors were Baha’is, she was not a member of the Baha’i community.

Afnan moved to the United States in 1956 to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, and received a Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University in 1963.

Because of her introduction of Arabic and Persian calligraphy in her artworks, one of her teachers introduced her to the American calligrapher artist Mark Toby, who became her teacher and facilitated her first European solo exhibition in 1971, which is a turning point in Mleiha’s career that lasted for more than 50 years.

In 1974, Maliha returned to Beirut, but the civil war forced her to move to Paris before she settled in London in 1997, and she died there on January 6, 2016.

Today, Maliha Afnan’s work is shown in galleries throughout the Middle East, in many European museums, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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