Kholod Hawash is a self-taught textile artist, born in Albasra, Iraq, in 1977. Her work is inspired by the heritage and archeological landscapes of the region she is from. Its bold symbols and forms convey strong local narratives. Due to the persecution of her husband Saddam Jumaily and others in her circle, Kholod sought refuge in Amman, Jordan where she is currently based.
Kholod has participated in many group exhibitions in Iraq and Jordan as well as having held solo shows at Jacaranda Gallery (2010) and Dar Al Anda Gallery (2018) in Jordan.
Hawash was previously an AR Resident at AR-Saari Residence funded by Kone Foundation in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, as part of the joint Artists at Risk (AR) programme with Saastamoinen Foundation. Together with Saddam Jumaily, she continues as a resident of the new long-term AR-ICORN Safe Haven Helsinki Residency.
Kholod Hawash is an AR-ICORN Safe Haven Helsinki Resident hosted at AR-Hietsun Paviljonki. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM), coordinated by the AR Secretariat and co-funded by Kone Foundation. AR-Safe Haven Helsinki is funded by the Department of Culture and Leisure of the City of Helsinki.