Hanan Awad is a Palestinian American street photographer based in Houston, TX. She is a member of “The Arab Photo Agency.” Her photos have been exhibited around the world. After having had solo exhibitions in Abu Dhabi-UAE (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017), Houston-Texas (2018 and 2019), and Gallery Al Quds in Washington D.C. (2019) With a keen eye for disappearing places and traditions, Hanan’s photos document the tragedy of the physical and cultural forced displacement of Palestinians and narrate the story of Palestinian resilience/resistance against the colonialist occupation of Palestine.
After witnessing the forced displacement of the Jahalin Bedouins, Hanan became interested in their history. She devoted several years of research and fieldwork with the Jahalin community and wrote her Master thesis about their plight. In 2012, she established the Olive Tree Project that plants 1,000 olive trees in Palestine annually.
She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University, New Jersey in Middle Eastern Studies and a Masters in Latin America and the Middle East from University Of Central Oklahoma. She earned a filmmaking certificate from New York Film Academy.