Born in Jerusalem in 1964, Rula Halawani earned her bachelor's degree in photography from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada before moving to London to complete her MA in Photographic Studies. Rula lives in Jerusalem and serves as the director and teacher of the photographic unit at Birzeit University, piloting the first academic training program of its kind in Palestine.
Growing up under occupation in East Jerusalem, and working as a photographer in an intensely political environment, Halawani’s work demonstrates a strong relationship between art and politics. Halawani photographs various aspects of Palestinian life. Her work has been exhibited in Palestine, Europe, and the United States at the Sharjah Biennial, the Fotografie Forum, and the Noorderlicht Photo Festival, among others. Her photographs have been published in a number of publications.