Through various mediums and techniques, Joanna Barakat’s work brings together the disciplines of painting, photography and Palestinian embroidery to challenge and question collective ideas and stereotypes using a reimagined contemporary Palestinian aesthetic. When she was a year old, her family moved to the United States from Jerusalem where her father opened an ancient art gallery in Los Angeles. Her deep understanding of art and her own visual language emerged from having grown up surrounded by art from all ancient civilizations. She moved to London for university where she received her BA from Central Saint Martins in Art and Design and her MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Aside from her artwork, she is the cofounder of The Tatreez Circle, a community focused on the preservation and promotion of Palestinian embroidery. She also teaches Palestinian embroidery workshops in the UAE where she is currently living.