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Lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. His work explores the themes of statehood, legitimacy, historical narrative, political authority and, most importantly, freedom. Born in the West Bank city of Jenin, he has lived under oppressive circumstances in the military occupied Palestinian Territories. He obtained a degree in Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996. Later, he joined the Palestinian Presidential Guard, rising to the rank of Captain, serving Yasser Arafat. He indulged his love of the arts by being one of the lead photographers of his military brigade. Soon after the establishment of the International Academy of Art-Palestine in Ramallah, Jarrar earned a Bachelor degree in contemporary visual arts. Recent exhibitions include: 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013) • Qalandiya Internatinal Biennial, Palestine (2012) • NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights, Mechelen and Brussels (2012) • 7th Berlin Biennial (2012) • 52nd October Salon, Belgrade (2011) • London Film Festival (2010) • Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Galandia, Jerusalem (2010) • Instant Video Festival, Marseille (2009) • Al-Mahatta Gallery, Ramallah (2007 and 2009) • International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah (2007) • Checkpoint, Hawara checkpoint, Nablus and Qalaniya checkpoint, Jerusalem (2007).

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