I need to feel free alive and safe, to paint and express whatever i want and to defend animal rights without being made fun of, but unfortunately i live in conflict area!
My name is Maram M Albawwab, 26 years old, I practice art freely and by self-learning. I've participated in art exhibitions and murals, i'm gifted in painting (Portrait and Nature), ranked first in the ANANKE Design Competition in 2015. My skills : Visual art, vector art , illustrator, anime and manga , mix of photograph and drawing using available materials.
I love life, arts and animals and have ambitions. But, the country i live in is dangerous uninhabitable place, it's Gaza - Palestine.
I spent my life resisting what's normalized in this city, the view of women as inferior to men, so i'm not allowed to do a lot of beautiful things, sudden death is also normalized here due to sudden wars and bombings and the resulting impacts on the environment (polluted water, air ..), and even it's so hard to travel for treatment because of The Gaza Blockade, art also has restrictions that i had to cancel some concepts of paintings. Animals rights are abandoned here so i started a shelter for stray animals 4 years ago but it stopped because of lack of support and some city and community related issues. i became vegetarian because i love animals but if i were in a developed country i would have become a vegan, there's no vegan alternatives here.
In this city, not only gender persecution, i'm also not allowed to express my political or religious or philosophical views, it's prohibited and i would be killed if i speak my mind in public.
The donations will help me get out of this dangerous place and go to safe and secure country, a place where there's no restrictions for girls or for art or for expression, i will travel to learn toleration with different cultures which will inspire the artist inside of me and i will also express my love for animals and help them.
The donations will save my life, my husband and family lives..and maybe other lives.