Aya Abu Hawash (b. 1993) is a palestinian visual artist who grew up in Lebanon. She received her BFA and MA from the Lebanese University. Hawash's work explores intimacy, censored history and political memory in the Middle East. Her recent body of work addresses intimate themes of self-exploration and reinterpreting politics and social surroundings within a censored Arab context. The artist's practice is influenced by her identity as a Palestinian Lebanese woman and the many ways that society pressures her to conform. In her work, she explores with wonder and conviction – between photographs, memories, history & media, through which she questions herself and her environment. Hawash works in many mediums including painting, collage, drawing, mixed media and photography.
She has exhibited her work in-group shows in both Beirut & Dubai, showcasing mostly paintings & mixed media. The artist has worked as an Art educator & trainer. She also forms a part of the Rotaract club and international OGIP Advocacy network. She worked recently with YWS and Art education projects. In 2020, she was awarded 4th place for a work created for ESCWA and Arab Institute for Youth Art Competition during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.