Interview by Parker Schug
As a sixteen-year-old living in the United States, having the opportunity to interview Malak was eye-opening. So many luxuries that I take for granted, Malak has to live without, and she does so with a positive attitude. For example, having electricity is not a guarantee in Gaza. In fact, there have been many days that Malak has endured having no electricity at all.
Additionally, Malak’s use of art to convey her emotions and her diligence in creating inspired me to give greater focus to my expressive passions, especially because I am fortunate enough to have the resources to do so. As a seventeen-year-old, wise beyond her years, Malak is an amazing role model for children, teens, and adults all around the world.
At only seventeen years old, Malak Mattar is living in complete turmoil yet expressing her
unease in a breath-taking manner. Malak is a citizen of Gaza City, part of the Gaza Strip, a location burdened with conflict, specifically in Palestinian Gaza, Malak’s homeland, the Israeli Military has been keeping citizens in isolation and blocking all resources from coming in. There have been three wars consisting of a series of airstrikes, ground fighting, and the death of over 1,000 civilians in Gaza. Malak is living in conditions unimaginable to many, but has chosen to translate her emotions into masterpieces.
I had the privilege of learning more about her story from Malak herself, and was inspired not only by her art but by the outlook she has on life.