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The Art of Weeping

“The Art of Weeping,” a collection of 50+ original drawings by Palestinian-American artist Mary Hazboun, was on show at Museum of the Palestinian People October 2022 through March 2023.

Mary Hazboun is a multidisciplinary Chicago-based Palestinian artist who practices “The Art of Weeping” as an act of processing grief and somatic healing of bodies through drawing. Mary graduated from DePaul University in 2017 with a master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. Mary’s work highlights the nuanced traumas of women and their resistance against different forms of oppression that is manifested in the military machine, patriarchal societies, and forced migrations. She uses art as a way of emptying blocked emotions, opening internal space, and pouring in trauma-informed introspections as a form of healing. Mary was born and raised in the city of Bethlehem and moved to the U.S. in 2004.