Palestinian Artist Denied Visas to France, UK to Attend Exhibits of Her Own Work

Palestinian Artist Malak Mattar from Gaza said she was refused a visa to France and to the U.K. (Photo: via Facebook)

Young Palestinian Artist Malak Mattar from Gaza said Monday that she was refused a visa to France and to the U.K., in order to be present at exhibitions of her own paintings in the European countries.

Malak is a young Palestinian artist who has had exhibitions of her paintings in several countries around the world but has not been able to attend one outside of Palestine.

She wrote in a Facebook post, denouncing the denial of her visa applications:

“It seems that the hatred of Palestinians, and the ambition to keep us from traveling and living Normal lives, is shared by more than just Israel. However, I will never stop creating Art … My dream is to just have the ability to be present with my paintings and attend my exhibition,” Mattar said after complaining that she was falsely accused of lying on her visa application for the U.K.”

Mattar complained that she was falsely accused of lying on her visa application for the U.K., “including the accusation that I was not a real student and that they didn’t believe my intentions.”

Share if you care I need your support I was always told that “once you are out of Gaza, you will be free”.Getting out…

Gepostet von Malak Mattar am Montag, 20. August 2018

She started her visa application to France, in order to attend two exhibitions, in Paris and in Avignon and to paint in a studio. “I knew I would’ve had a great and warm welcome from my friends in France,” she emphasized. However, despite having handed every required document her visa was denied. “It seemed as if they did not even try.”

As she stresses in her Facebook post, “I had another invitation from the Greenbelt Art festival in England.” So, with the help of the festival organizers, she presented all the U.K. visa required documents, including university and formal invitation letters. “I was so happy and had been dreaming of this chance, everything was perfectly arranged, but then I received my passport,” which is when she found out that, again, her visa for a European country was refused.

I’m so honored to be the first and the youngest Palestinian participating in the annual exhibition in Cappodocia….

Gepostet von Malak Mattar am Montag, 13. August 2018

Malak Mattar ends her Facebook post asking people to protest the U.K. decision by sending emails to the consulate and asserting that she will never stop creating art, even if

“I haven’t been able to see my paintings outside Palestine, and I’m afraid I won’t ever be able to.”

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1 Comment

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that this article on Palestinian Artist,Malak Mattar been denied visas to the UK and France reminds me of Malcolm X in the 1960s when he traveled to England and wasn’t allowed to travel to France.Malcolm knew at the time that it was the US Gov’t that told the French Gov’t not to allow Malcolm to enter France.Not much has changed since then.The EU Gov’ts does whatever Israel tells them.I am sure Malak Mattar got lots of support in England and France.There will be many protests in the streets of England and France over these barbaric acts by the UK and French Gov’ts.The fight against Israeli Apartheid will continue in England and France.

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